Effects: Beta Caryophyllene is a particularly notable terpene due to its title as the only phytocannabinoid outside of the cannabis genus. In other words, it is a terpene that emulates the behavior of a cannabinoid. The endocannabinoid system plays a major role in the function of the human body, regulating eating habits, sleep, and mood. It also controls pain and pleasure, in addition to inflammation. Furthermore, researchers have discovered that individuals with low endocannabinoid levels are more vulnerable to disease. In short, it alleviates pain, slows the growth of bacteria and relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Pain Relief: Beta caryophyllene interacts with the body’s CB2 receptors, which play a role in relieving pain as it acts as an analgesic. In a German study that appeared European Neuropsychopharmacology in 2014, researchers found that beta caryophyllene helped relieve pain associated with inflammation.
Mood Enhancer: According to research, beta caryophyllene’s impact on CB2 may soothe the body’s responses to stress and anxiety, in part by protecting anandamide, a neurotransmitter known as the “bliss molecule.” Additionally, scientists have determined that CB2 receptors helped influence the release of the feel-good chemical dopamine.
Boost Immune System: In 2013, researchers determined that the CB2 receptor was linked to immune function, suggesting that BCP, by binding to CB2, helps support the immune system.
Alleviates Stress and Anxiety: According to research, beta caryophyllene’s impact on the CB2 receptor may soothe the body’s responses to stress and anxiety, in part by protecting anandamide, a neurotransmitter known as the “bliss molecule.” Additionally, scientists have determined that CB2 receptors helped influence the release of the feel-good chemical dopamine.
Anti-Inflammatory: Several studies have found that exposure to beta caryophyllene can help relieve inflammation. Though inflammation is typically a protective mechanism, excess inflammation can be uncomfortable and result in additional health consequences. Beta caryophyllene acts as an anti-inflammatory keeping responses to injury under control and reduce swelling and risk of scarring. Furthermore, because of its analgesic properties, it may also relieve pain at the site of the injury.
Cannabis Cultivars: Cultivars known for their content of beta caryophyllene are Sour Diesel, Girl Scout Cookies, Bubbah Kush, and Chem Dog.