Beta Caryophyllene-The Terpenes That Acts Like A Cannabinoid

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Terpenes are common compounds found in plants that are responsible for distinct aromas and flavors in your favorite essential oils. Each one also produces specific health benefits. BCP (Beta Caryophyllene) is found in numerous plants throughout nature, including hops, black pepper, rosemary, cloves, black caraway and of course, hemp plants.
 
Research shows that molecules that selectively target the CB2 receptor of the endocannabinoid system may help to treat anxiety, depression and pain. Beta-caryophyllene (BCP), as a terpene that acts as a cannabinoid, is one such molecule. It is a terpene that emulates the behavior of a cannabinoid.
 
Although research is still in the early stages, BCP is displaying some promising results when it comes to its potential application in the medical field.
 
A 2014 paper published within the journal Neuropsychopharmacology examined the painkilling effects of BCP in mice. The authors of the paper mention the compound’s ability to target the CB2 receptor, and discuss that numerous studies display that the CB2 receptor is critically involved in the modulation of inflammatory and neuropathic pain responses.
 
The study showed that orally-administered BCP reduced inflammatory pain responses and also reduced spinal neuroinflammation. The authors concluded that BCP may be significantly effective in the treatment of long-lasting and debilitating pain states. Study can be found at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0924977X13003027)
 
There have also been some studies conducted on BCP’s role in assisting in anxiety and depression issues. Here is one such study. https://naturalingredient.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/physiology-behavior-135.pdf
 
Some other benefits of BCP include:
• BCP has antibacterial & antimicrobial properties.
• BCP may help prevent osteoporosis.
• Studies suggest beta-Caryophyllene reduces inflammation associated with multiple sclerosis and immune system dysfunction. It also shows potent anti-cancer properties, slowing cancer cell growth. Beta-Caryophyllene reduces the inflammatory and plaque buildup associated with the PPAR pathway in Alzheimer's disease.
• https://www.mdpi.com/1420-3049/19/8/12814/htm
• https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5083753/
• https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25171128/
 
If you choose to add additional BCP to your products, please use caution. To much can have negative effects.
 
Information taken from Royal Queen Seed and Abstraxtech

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