This latest post on Beta-Caryophyllene concludes our recent series on terpenes. Terpenes are the aromatic oils that give cannabis its distinctive scent, and they also contribute to many of its therapeutic benefits. Understanding terpenes will allow you to better understand what you’re putting into your body. Also, being able to tell the difference in these naturally-occurring compounds will allow you to make better choices when it comes to choosing the right cannabis product for you.
This post will be specifically discussing beta-caryophyllene, which is a terpene that has had a lot of media attention in recent years. It’s very similar to its parent terpene, caryophyllene, which we have discussed in a previous post. However, beta-caryophyllene has some unique differences which are essential to cover.
Beta-caryophyllene has a distinctive spicy scent and taste and can be found abundantly in hops, cloves, and rosemary. It has no known side effects and has recently been classified as “generally safe” by the FDA.
While acting as a terpene in the cannabis plant, beta-caryophyllene also plays the role of a cannabinoid, like THC or CBD. This effect is because beta-caryophyllene can trigger CB2 receptors in the body. The activation of CB2 receptors reduces inflammation, which can potentially provide pain relief and reduce the consequences which come with chronic inflammation. This terpene does not produce any psychoactive effects and is virtually only linked to therapeutic benefits.
What Are the Benefits of Beta-Caryophyllene?
While research on beta-caryophyllene has been relatively limited thus far, the studies that have been conducted show promising results. Additionally, it has been shown that the activation of CB2 receptors can significantly aid in the fight against chronic pain, plaque buildup, and even seizures.
In a recent study done by the Daiichi College of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Japan, a group of mice was injected with either beta-caryophyllene or a control solution. It was found that the mice who received the beta-caryophyllene experienced significantly less pain than those given the control solution. Not only does this mean that the terpene could be useful in relieving discomfort, but it also means that it could potentially be used for those trying to recover from opioid dependency.
In another paper published by United Arab Emirates University, mice were involved in a study that simulated anxiety and depression and were given beta-caryophyllene. It was discovered that the mice responded well to the terpene, and it acted as both an anti-anxiety and an antidepressant. This discovery led scientists to assume that it is useful to target CB2 receptors in the fight against anxiety and depression. This has made cannabis a potentially valuable treatment in mental health.
If you’re looking to incorporate some beta-caryophyllene into your daily routine, there are a few ways to do it. There are many strains that contain high levels of beta-caryophyllene, many of them in the “cookies” family. Some of these strains include Death Star, Blueberry Cheesecake, Candyland, GSC, Cookies and Cream, or Purple Punch. This diversity means you have the opportunity to choose between an indica or sativa, depending on your preference. If you’re not interested in smoking or vaping, you can ingest plants like hops, cloves, or rosemary, which are all high in the terpene. As with any other health supplement, consult with your doctor before starting any new cannabis product.