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B-Caryophyllene (also known as caryophyllene or BCP) packs more of a punch because it’s actually a larger molecule than most other terpenes.
B-Caryophyllene is the only known terpene that also behaves like a cannabinoid. Unlike other terpenes—which mainly enhance the effects of THC or CBD—b-caryophyllene interacts directly with the endocannabinoid system by binding to CB2 receptors.
Early research shows that b-caryophyllene has incredible anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It also has the potential to relieve the symptoms of both neuropathic and inflammatory pain, with animal studies suggesting that it could be an effective treatment for multiple sclerosis. Other animal studies have shown that b-caryophyllene has potential to help treat anxiety and depression.
Essential oils containing b-caryophyllene are used to support healthy nervous, cardiovascular and digestive systems. Using b-caryophyllene topically may even help maintain youthful looking skin (just be sure to mix it with a skin-friendly carrier oil first). It’s important to note that there is no clinical research to support these findings, although they are widely accepted in the natural healing community.
Experiment with some of these b-caryophyllene-rich ingredients:
Add a few drops of a b-caryophyllene-rich essential oil to your daily face moisturizer to reduce the appearance of puffy eyes or redness on your skin. Many in the natural skin care community also recommend b-caryophyllene oils to help regenerate collagen and smooth out acne scars.
B-caryophyllene is a spicy little thing, and can be found in ingredients like black pepper, cloves and cinnamon. Try making your own Chinese 5 Spice for a homemade stir fry.
Copaiba oil, an essential oil packed with caryophyllene, is used in aromatherapy to calm anxiety and ease stress. The next time you soak in a warm bath after a long day, add a few drops of Copaiba for the ultimate relaxation experience.
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