Published on: 03/26/18
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is an incredible compound found within the cannabis plant. It has been found to improve a wide range of different problems and ailments, but most incredibly, CBD has been found to influence the body’s natural production of cannabinoids, allowing the body to balance itself out in an organic and effective way. So how can CBD help with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity?
Well, first off, it’s important to know what the difference between celiac disease and gluten intolerance or sensitivity is:
Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease, which occurs when the immune system kills off tissue in the small intestine when gluten is introduced. It can be an incredibly harmful disease if a sufferer comes into contact with rye, wheat, barley, and sometimes oats. And, if left untreated, symptoms of celiac disease can even eventuate in death in extreme cases.
Gluten intolerance or sensitivity is sometimes self-diagnosed as celiac disease, as they share similar symptoms when gluten is introduced into the body. As of yet, gluten intolerance has not been found to do unrectifiable damage to the gut lining as celiac disease does, and so should not be treated as such, but precautions should still be taken in order to manage symptoms.
People experiencing celiac disease or gluten intolerance/sensitivity may experience:
- Stomach pains and cramping
- Tiredness or headaches
- And even depression, weight-loss, infertility - the list goes on.
Gut health is now being recognised as being a major factor in influencing a number of things, such as mood, stress, sleep, wellbeing, appetite, and much more, so looking after your gut health should be a top priority. This is even more pertinent for those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. Being aware of the foods you are ingesting as well as ensuring the health of your immune and gastrointestinal systems by eliminating gluten from your diet, means experiencing a fuller and less taxing life for those with the disease; something others regularly take for granted.
But, sometimes diet alone can’t give you the results you’re after and you may feel you need a little extra help with keeping your system balanced. CBD is recognised by both scientific and holistic communities as a potential aid for those suffering from either celiac disease or gluten intolerance.
CBD Can Help and Here’s Why
Simply put, CBD helps balance the endocannabinoid system within the body; a system that regulates everything from stress, mood, sleep, appetite, fertility, and even a healthy weight. The body produces its own cannabinoids and has two receptors for this; CB1 and CB2.
CB1 receptors are found mostly in the brain and have influence over mood, appetite, sleep, memory etc, whereas CB2 receptors, more commonly found in the immune system, influences inflammation and pain. Instead of the cannabinoids from CBD attaching to these receptors, CBD influences the body to use more of its own cannabinoids - helping to enact balance without directly impacting the endocannabinoid system itself.
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Who Says CBD for Gastrointestinal Health Works?
Many who suffer from all kinds of gastrointestinal diseases or illnesses have given anecdotal evidence pertaining to the incredible results they have found with using CBD. Matthew Distefano wrote for Reset.me about his experience with medicinal marijuana and refractory celiacs disease, explaining that “after only 6 months of using cannabis, [his] disease was essentially non-existent”. Distefano explained,
“I was hoping for just a relief from my persistent symptoms. In addition to my endoscopy results, my anemia, protein deficiency, calcium deficiency, and iron deficiency had all vanished. Essentially I was cured” - Matthew Distefano
But Where is the Scientific Evidence?
In an Italian study in 2003 focusing on celiac disease in children, it was found that cannabinoid receptors inside the intestinal tract were much more prevalent in untreated patients suffering from celiac disease than those who had been following a strict, gluten-free diet for over a year. This finding led scientists to believe that by targeting those receptors, patients could find relief from their symptoms more quickly and effectively - and what better way to target these receptors than by utilising CBD?
This effect occurs, because CBD seems to inhibit the enzyme fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), the enzyme responsible for the hydrolysis of anandamide (the endogenic mimic of THC). FAAH inhibition promotes anti-inflammatory effects in the intestine, which is why many scientists believe in the efficacy of CBD to relieve symptoms of irritation, pain and inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract.
For many of those suffering from celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, it’s not so much the disease itself but its persistent symptoms that are most taxing. These symptoms - just some are listed above - can also be treated quite effectively by taking CBD. Cannabidiol has been shown to reduce nausea and has antiemetic, analgesic, as well as antihistamine effects. This means it not only combats the disease or intolerance itself, but allows the body to repair while also detering further irritation and inflammation.
Where Can You Get CBD?
For some, buying CBD online and through retail points can be difficult, depending on where you live in the world. This is made even more arduous, as some laws surrounding the processing and manufacturing of CBD products around the world are indefinite; allowing for incompetent and irresponsible people to profit from uncertain regulations.
That is why it is so important to first do your research before paying top dollar for products that may or may not work. Sites like Trustpilot are perfect for first time buyers, as it provides a platform for unbiased customer reviews on a great range of products.
If you’re interested in buying top quality, third-party tested CBD hemp oil, CBD hemp paste or even CBD suppositories, make sure to visit the Endoca online store, where friendly staff will be happy to help you make the right choice.
Disclaimer: Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of Endoca and its staff. This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or cure. Endoca CBD products have not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).