Beta-Caryophyllene (BCP)

Photo Credit: Whaxy

Photo Credit: Whaxy

It seems the amount of information we can learn about the tiny cannabinoids and terpenes is endless. This may be because there are tens of thousands of these molecules found in nature, and 200 different terpenes and 111 different cannabinoids are present in the cannabis plant. Whaxy does an excellent job analyzing cannabinoids and terpenes, and today's feature will discuss the Beta-caryophyllene (BCP) terpene. 

Beta-caryophyllene doesn't exist in the cannabis plant alone; it can also be found in cloves, oregano, hops, rosemary, and black pepper. BCP targets the CB2 receptors in the body, meaning it does not contribute to the euphoric high commonly associated with cannabis. Whaxy says, "BCP is an effective way to medicate while avoiding any alteration in perception or motor skills. It can be used to treat several inflammatory disorders, including arthritis and multiple sclerosis... BCP has also been show to fight cancer, reduce anxiety and depression, and has even been found to be gastroproductive - meaning it can be used to treat ulcers." BCP works best alongside other terpenes and cannabinoids in what is called "the entourage effect."

A study published in 2014 in the journal Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior suggests BCP could be effective in combatting alcoholism. In the study, BCP was injected into animals, resulting in decreased ethanol consumption and preference. Because BCP is not exclusive to the cannabis plant, it is legal and abundant. That being said, BCP is thought to be more effective supplementing other cannabinoids and terpenes found within the cannabis plant, and we will not know its full potential until marijuana is reclassified and studied further. 

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