So what is BCP?

Hello from the team at Canna-Oils.

Hope you had an amazing week. Today I thought we would ask the question:

So what exactly is BCP Oil?

BCP is the synonym for Beta Caryophyllene and simply put it is a food additive that can activate the endocannabinoid system.

Beta-Caryophyllene is a chemical compound in the terpene family. Terpenes are common compounds found in plants that are responsible for distinct aromas and flavors in your favorite essential oils. Each one also produces specific health benefits.

We have Beta-Caryophyllene to thank for the spicy, peppery taste of black pepper and the woodsy smell of plants and oils like clove, copaiba, basil, hops, oregano, lavender, rosemary, cannabis, and true cinnamon.  It needs to be understood even though BCP is an isolate found in the cannabis plant it is also abundant in many other plants, that is why Canna Oils BCP is extracted from either black pepper or the clove plant.  The plant source of BCP does not change the effect.  Because Canna Oils BCP is an isolate, it has no traces of the host plant.  This means whether the isolate is being extracted from cannabis or cloves the BCP is the same – it has no characteristics of the plant it came from.

Beta caryophyllene is a naturally occurring terpene and is regarded as safe even for use in foods. 

Beta caryophyllene targets and binds with the CB2 receptor in the human endocannabinoid system.

Two recent scientific studies into beta caryophyllene effects and uses are shown below. In both cases, researches found positive effects of beta caryophyllene in pain relief (analgesia) as well as benefits from reductions in stress/anxiety.

The CB2 receptor is associated with the modulation of neuropathic pain as well as inflammation. The research paper, above, suggests that oral consumption of caryophyllene may even be more effective than subcutaneous injections of painkillers for relief of pain. One key question for the study to answer is ‘what does beta caryophyllene do for the body?’

The study answers this with the conclusion that caryophyllene has clear effects on pain in mammals and suggests that much more in depth work is required to fully characterise the effects of caryophyllene on pain and inflammation.

One other interesting aspect of the scientific study is that beta caryophyllene is often described as a cannabinoid instead of terpene. This is specifically because of the interaction with the CB2 receptor. Clearly, there are some grey areas of overlap between cannabinoids and terpenes.

These studies showed that orally-administered beta caryophyllene reduced inflammatory pain and also reduced spinal neuro-inflammation in mice. The conclusions state that the main beta caryophyllene benefits, effects and uses may be the effective treatment of debilitating pain as well stress/anxiety reduction.

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