What is Beta-Caryophyllene?

In this article, we discuss what Beta-Caryophyllene is and how it may benefit you.

Is Beta-Caryophyllene a Terpene or a Cannabinoid?

If you’re already familiar with terpenes, then you’ve probably seen Beta-Caryophyllene (BCP) mentioned before. It’s one of the most common terpenes found in cannabis. If you’ve consumed cannabis products and noticed a slight spicy “bite”, chances are it’s due to the presence of BCP.

BCP isn’t exclusive to cannabis. Black pepper also contains notable amounts of BCP and it contributes to that spicy flavor.  Other plants that tend to be high in BCP include rosemary and cloves.

BCP is incredibly interesting. In addition to it being a terpene, it’s also something called a “dietary cannabinoid.” Unlike other terpenes, BCP actually interacts directly with your endocannabinoid receptors. Namely, the CB2 receptors. Unlike certain cannabinoids (like CBD) and terpenes that only act indirectly, BCP binds to the CB2 receptors.

What are CB2 Receptors?

CB2 receptors are found all throughout the body, but they’re most commonly found in the immune system.

Endocannabinoid Receptors- Source: the-human-solution.org

The fact that BCP binds to these receptors is especially exciting and opens up a whole new realm of possible benefits. Pain relief, reduced inflammation and reducing anxiety are just some of the ways BCP may be able to help.

How can I find a product high in Beta-Caryophyllene?

Since BCP is one of the most common terpenes in cannabis, many products will have at least some of it present. But if you want to find a product especially high in BCP, you need to look at third party lab tests that include terpene profile testing. Brands that do terpene profile testing should either have these tests accessible on their website or available via email.

If your preferred brand does not do terpene profile testing, or the product you’re taking doesn’t contain significant levels of BCP, you’re not totally out of luck. Many users actually prefer to make a blend of their own terpenes, which they then add to their oils.

Brands such as True Terpenes sell concentrated, pure, terpenes and terpene blends. Often strain-inspired, these blends allow you to pick and choose exactly what additional benefits you want based on your needs. BCP is one such terpene you can purchase in concentrated, pure forms to add to your oils.

In Summary

Beta-Caryophyllene, one of the most abundant terpenes in cannabis, is also considered a cannabinoid due to how it interacts with the endocannabinoid system. Binding to CB2 receptors is something that even CBD does not do. This interaction opens up many new possibilities and benefits that have yet to be explored or researched thoroughly.

If you’re seeking out a product high in BCP, check for terpene testing and make sure the product fits your needs. NuLeaf Naturals and cbdMD are two brands we’ve found that contain appreciably high amounts of BCP. Otherwise, making your own blend is always an option!

Sarah Jorczyk is an advocate for CBD products and one of the Administrators of the CBD Oil Users Group on Facebook. She strives to educate the public, and promotes the use of safe products while helping others throughout their CBD journey. You can also find a variety of her content, including reviews and educational videos, on the group's youtube page.

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