Celiac Disease and Medical Marijuana

After looking up new facts and statistics for this weeks post, I came across information as to where it is now legal in California (my home state) to get a Medical Marijuana card if you have been diagnosed with Celiac disease.

With Celiac disease, the body avoids an autoimmune attack on the intestines when a person adopts a strict gluten-free diet and avoids eating gluten. Unfortunately, Celiac disease is often misdiagnosed  and irreversiable damage to some body systems can occur, because of the misdiagnosis. More importantly, accidential consumption of gluten can occur when eating at a friend’s house or at a restaurant, no matter how careful you try to be, once again triggering the autoimmune response. Not following a gluten-free diet increases the risk of specific types of cancer.

According to research: Marijuana can be used to treat many of the symptoms of Celiac disease that are qualifying medical conditions under California Medical Marijuana Laws. Marijuana “cools the gut,” in which it slows down the muscle contractions that move food through the stomach and intestines and reduces the secretion of liquid into the intestines associated with diarrhea (one of the most severe symptoms of the disease). Marijuana also controls the muscle spasms associated with diarrhea. It also increases appetite and can offset the inefficiency in the Celiac’s ability to absorb nutrients from the food you eat.

This is very interesting information because it is information that you would never expect. After reading about this, I did more searching about marijuana and found that:

  • “Zig-Zags”: the paper used to roll a joint contains gluten in the binding gum
  • Optimo Cigars: contains gluten in the rolling paper, similar to the sticky stuff on envelopes
  • Swisher Sweets: are newly redesigned and are gluten-free
  • Rizla: rolling paper, 100% gluten free

So if you are going to smoke: Most cigarettes are gluten free, Swisher Sweets are gluten-free, most cigars are not (unless stated on package), and most Marijuana rolling paper contains gluten (they safest is to smoke it out of glass).


One thought on “Celiac Disease and Medical Marijuana

  1. Amanda says:

    What about white owl cigarillos? Are they gluten free or should I just use a Swisher to roll up with?

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