BALANCING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Hemp has been found to do two things for our immune system: it can calm it down and reduce inflammation, but it can also give it a boost. It all depends on how much hemp you take, the conditions in which it’s tested, and how much your immune system is being stimulated.
Some studies—like this one— have shown that hemp can increase the production of cytokines (proteins that regulate your immune system), which helps our immune system when it’s not being stimulated too much. But when there’s a lot of immune stimulation, hemp can help decrease the production of these cytokines, which in turn decreases over-active immune responses.
The data strongly suggest that hemp-derived cannabinoids can calm down our immune system, which means it may be useful as an aid in autoimmune disorders. It does this by directly slowing down the activity of certain immune cells, promoting cell death in those cells, and encouraging the growth of other cells that help control the immune system. This is just one of many amazing ways that the hemp plant can help our bodies maintain homeostasis!
Alongside hemp, providing a balanced diet, regular exercise, and regular veterinary care are vital for optimal immune function. By incorporating hemp-based products into their pet’s routine, owners can provide a potential means to support their immune systems. While specific compounds within hemp are being studied for their effectiveness, it’s important to consult a veterinarian before introducing new treatments. They can provide guidance on the appropriate use and dosage of hemp-based remedies, advise of any medication interactions, and otherwise ensure the well-being and safety of your pet.