What is Beta-Caryophyllene and How Does It Help with Pain?
One of my favorite terpenes, which is often found in abundance in cannabis, is the sesquiterpene (E)-β-caryophyllene [(E)-BCP]. Often referred to as beta-caryophyllene; it is quite a common terpene in nature and is found in large amounts in the oils of many different spice plants (i.e. oregano, cinnamon, and black pepper and in many green vegetables (i.e. broccoli).
(E)-BCP is fascinating in that it triggers various biological targets in a true olfactory sense but is also a powerful “digestive” terpene, something that is quite rare. The studies on the role that this compound has on the body are accumulating rapidly, but my favorite studies show that it selectively binds to the CP55,940 binding site (i.e., THC binding site) in the CB2 receptors, leading to cellular activation and anti-inflammatory effects. I suggest you do your own research on this amazing olfactory and dietary terpene and all its varied positive health producing effects in the body and you will be convinced that if pain mitigation is important to you, then you MUST take cannabis oils which are manufactured with added beta-caryophyllene terpenes.