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Published January 15, 2020

Use of CBD oil for treating celiac symptoms

To GIG’s knowledge, no published research exists on the use of CBD (Cannabidiol) oil for treatment of celiac disease symptoms. We cannot comment on the legitimacy or efficacy of CBD-based products, however we do have input relating to the reasons a person with celiac disease may be looking into these products: symptom treatment.

If symptoms continue to be experienced when on a completely gluten-free diet (including avoidance of cross-contact), the recommendation is to consult with your doctor. If your doctor is a proponent of using these types of products, we recommend ensuring that the products you use are gluten-free.

Oat milk & the gluten-free diet

For individuals who need to be gluten-free, oat milk needs to be assessed the same way whole oats are. Oats are inherently gluten-free, but there is a significant risk of cross-contact with gluten-containing grains during growing and/or processing. The safest oat products are those that have been certified gluten-free. While products labeled gluten-free should comply with the FDA definition of containing no more than 20 ppm of gluten, this is not third-party verified. GFCO’s standard for gluten-free is 10 ppm of gluten or less. 

Likewise, oat-based products such as oat milk are safest if they are certified gluten-free. When shopping for oat milk, read package information and/or check with manufacturers regarding gluten-free status. Although conventional oats in moderate quantities are tolerated by most people with celiac disease, it is advised that you consult with your physician or dietitian before including oats – or, by extension, oat milk – in your gluten-free diet. 


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