By now, the boom of no-carb diets has reached practically every corner of the United States. While some pursue these diets for reasons like losing weight, building muscle, or because they’re popular, many people have an autoimmune disease called Celiac disease that prevents their body from properly processing gluten.
Around one percent of the global population have Celiac disease, yet currently, an estimated two and a half million Americans remain undiagnosed. To better understand this disease’s nature, we’ll look at a description of Celiac disease, including its symptoms, the common treatments, and whether CBD, the increasingly popular non-psychoactive component of cannabis, may help.
What Is Celiac Disease?
Celiac disease presents itself through an immune reaction to gluten. As gluten is ingested, the body’s immune system begins to attack the small intestine. This causes damage to the small intestine that can lead to nutrients no longer being properly absorbed.
Several long-term health effects stem from having this autoimmune disease:
- Gall bladder issues
- Lactose intolerance
- Nervous system disorders
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Neurological issues like dementia, epileptic seizures, and migraines
Further, those with Celiac disease are at risk of developing other autoimmune disorders. These risks increase the longer the disease remains undiagnosed.
What Are The Common Treatments?
Currently, there is no cure for Celiac disease. Most treatment options involve lifestyle changes like eating a strict gluten-free diet. This means avoiding barley, beer, bread, rye, and wheat.
What Benefits Are There Of Taking CBD?
A recent study found that CBD may help increase the absorbency of the small intestine and reduce inflammation, ostensibly reversing some of the damage caused by Celiac disease. While more studies need to be conducted, these benefits most likely stem from CBD’s anti-inflammatory properties.
CBD also may play a role in helping regulate the immune system. CBD interacts with the body through the endocannabinoid system, which plays a key role in maintaining homeostasis. As the immune system overreacts, CBD may help course correct.
Beyond its potential for reversing the damage caused by Celiac disease, CBD may also deal with some of the symptoms and side effects of the autoimmune disorder. For instance, CBD may help increase appetite in those with Celiac disease, as well as help them deal with stress caused by the symptoms. If you’re struggling with the symptoms of Celiac disease, make sure to seek out a doctor. You may be one of the millions of undiagnosed Americans. A doctor can also best diagnose the symptoms you’re experiencing and help come up with an effective treatment plan.