I thought we would have a bit of fun this week and look at the “lighter” side of Beta Caryophyllene (BCP).  Here’s some interesting and even fun facts about BCP.

  • It is the only known terpene that directly activates the CB2 receptor of the endocannabinoid system (ECS). This makes it a unique compound in the plant world.  CB2 receptors are primarily located within the immune system, but also in the gastrointestinal tract, the brain, and other organs.
  • BCP can be found in over 1,000 plants. It is a common component of many essential oils and is thought to be present in varying amounts in at least half of all flower-producing plants.
  • It is often used as a flavouring agent in food and beverages and is commonly found in spices such as black pepper, cloves, and cinnamon.
  • BCP has a spicy, woody, and slightly peppery aroma and is often used in perfumes and fragrances.
  • It is also a common ingredient in insect repellents due to its natural insecticidal properties.  And it has been studied for its potential as a natural alternative to synthetic pesticides and insecticides.
  • It is commonly used in traditional medicine practices around the world for a variety of purposes, including pain relief and wound healing.
  • BCP is also found in hops, which are used to flavour beer. It is thought to contribute to the hoppy aroma and flavour of certain beer styles.
  • There is an abundance of evidence that BCP may possess antibacterial properties, anti-proliferative potential, antifungal qualities, antioxidant activity, and potent anti-inflammatory effects. In other words, BCP may aid in treating or preventing a multitude of conditions like infections, spasms, pain, and other neurologic conditions.

Until next time!

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Disclaimer:  The information in this post is for reference purposes only and not intended to constitute or replace professional medical advice or personal research. Please consult a qualified medical professional before making any changes to your diet, medications or lifestyle. Effects are provided as a guide only.  Statements have not been evaluated by the TGA.

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