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Taking a Look at CBD, Gluten Sensitivities, Allergies and Celiac Disease

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Taking a Look at CBD, Gluten Sensitivities, Allergies and Celiac Disease

Some have wondered if CBD is safe to use or is beneficial to gluten allergies. CBD is used to treat a variety of conditions and users claim that it helps relieve chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and epilepsy, to name a few. The added benefit is that there are little to no side effects. In general, CBD is considered safe, but those with allergies to wheat or gluten or celiac disease, need to ensure that they are well-informed. People with wheat allergies are allergic to the protein found in wheat, but people with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten specifically. Gluten is a group of proteins found in wheat, barley, and rye. A gluten allergy, therefore, stretches further than a wheat allergy.

Further, a wheat allergy can cause itching, hives, and anaphylaxis, but a gluten sensitivity is more likely to have gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, gas, abdominal pain, indigestion, constipation, and diarrhea. While the symptoms may be similar, celiac disease is far more serious than a gluten sensitivity as it is an autoimmune disease that attacks healthy tissue. Celiac disease targets the lining of the small intestine and leads to inflammation and sometimes causes permanent damage. The inflammation also prevents the body from absorbing nutrients. This causes vitamin deficiencies and anemia. It can also cause a range of other problems including fatigue and weight loss.

The only treatment for those with gluten sensitivities is to avoid foods and products that contain its protein. In terms of CBD, it is extracted from either hemp or marijuana plants. It is the amount of THC present that determines what it is and if it has a psychoactive component or not. As for gluten allergies, neither plant contains gluten. With that said, if you use hemp-derived CBD, it is often grown alongside crops containing gluten. Gluten present in the hemp would be minimal, but there is no 100% guarantee that it is not present at all. There is less risk, however, if the cannabis used was grown indoors. However, that type of oil is only available in states where weed is legal.

If you do suffer from a gluten allergy or sensitivity, it is wise to read the labels to determine if the CBD product is gluten free or not. You also need to be careful when choosing edibles as they often contain wheat flour or gluten. CBD can also benefit those with celiac disease and gluten allergies as it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. When endocannabinoids bind with cannabinoid receptors, they trigger a series of reactions that help the body maintain balance. These cannabinoid receptors can be found in the nervous system, immune system as well as others. Those with gluten allergies or celiac disease can use CBD to help relieve abdominal pain, nausea, improving appetite, and supporting weight gain.

CBD oils can be taken by tinctures, edibles, vapes, and topicals. Taking CBD through the digestive system is considered the least efficient method. However, if you have a gastrointestinal issue or celiac disease, using an edible may be beneficial because the digestive tract is where you need help. One of the disadvantages of edibles is that it is slower than other methods to take effect. With that said, they are often more effective for longer. Taking CBD edibles often can help to reduce inflammation. Not only is CBD gluten free, but also can be helpful in treating a variety of symptoms. More research needs to be done on CBD and the gastrointestinal tract. If you choose to try CBD, it is important to use caution and use a CBD brand that is certified gluten free.

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