I’ve been looking into the anti-viral properties of Beta Caryophyllene (BCP) this week. Below is an extract from a great article talking about how amazing terpenes are (remember BCP is a terpene) and also an excerpt from an article found on the Pharmacognosy Journal website.
It’s remarkable how the terpene has become such a figurehead in everyday modern culture these days, considering that terpenes are in many types of well-known plants beyond cannabis. Essential oils are comprised of terpenes extracted from flowers or herbs or spices, to name a few. It’s definitely no secret that terpenes are highly medicinal as the scientific literature continuously bolsters and validates this notion.
Despite their beneficial properties for humans and insects like honeybees, terpenes can prove deadly against nefarious destructive creatures like spider mites or aphids, bacteria, and different types of viruses.
For example, a 2009 study screened star anise oil, which is rich in trans-anethole, as well as isolated trans-anethole, eugenol, beta-caryophyllene, caryophyllene oxide, beta-eudesmol, and farnesol for antiviral activity against herpes simplex virus (HSV). The oil and isolated terpenes/terpenoids all reduced infectivity from levels of 40% to >99%. The trans-anethole rich oil and isolated beta-caryophyllene revealed the highest selectivity indices, which measures the ratio between toxicity to host cells and anti-viral properties (therefore, the higher the value, the more effective and safer the substance would be).
According to results from time-in-addition assays, the antiviral effect of βeta-caryophyllene appears to be associated with interruption of early steps of the virus life cycle.
Very cool – I know.
It’s great to know that by taking your BCP Oil daily you can also fight off viruses (including Covid 19 – see the blog).
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