10 May Beta-Caryophyllene Plays Significant Role in the Effects of Hemp Oil Supplements
When you take a full-spectrum hemp oil supplement, you receive much more than simply CBD. Hemp oil also contains trace cannabinoids, essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, flavonoids, and terpenes.
Terpenes, a class of phytochemicals found in a wide variety of plants, are among the many chemical compounds found in the hemp plant. Terpenes are often responsible for a plant’s aroma and flavor and may have a range of uses since they can interact with many types of cell receptors and enzymes.
Hemp contains hundreds of different terpenes in varying combinations. One of these terpenes is beta-caryophyllene. Found in some of the highest quantities in cannabis Sativa, it is the most abundant terpene found in hemp. Beta-caryophyllene is found in particularly high levels in extracts like our Blue and Gold Label RSHO™ products that have been heated in order to promote decarboxylation of certain components.
Beta-caryophyllene is present in many essential oils, such as clove oil, cannabis oil, rosemary, and beer hops. The terpene is one of the chemical compounds that contributes to the spiciness of black pepper, and it is used as a flavoring agent for fried, spiced, and wood scents and flavors.
In the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a recent study summarized: “We report that the widespread plant volatile β-caryophyllene (BCP) selectively binds to the CB2 receptor and that it is a functional CB2 agonist. Intriguingly, BCP is a common constituent of the essential oils of numerous spice and food plants and a major component in Cannabis.”
It has also been used pharmacologically. When it was demonstrated to bind to CB2 receptors, beta-caryophyllene became the first known phytocannabinoid discovered in plants outside the Cannabis genus. Since beta-caryophyllene binds with the CB2 receptor instead of the CB1, it is non-psychoactive and safe for anyone to use. Because it interacts with the endocannabinoid system, beta-caryophyllene possesses cannabimimetic effects, meaning it plays a role similar to cannabinoids like CBD. Due to how beta-caryophyllene interacts with the endocannabinoid system, it can also be considered a cannabinoid.
Because beta-caryophyllene plays such an important role in providing the effects experienced from taking a hemp oil supplement like those from RSHO™, it reinforces the overall benefits of taking a full-spectrum hemp oil.
You can begin adding beta-caryophyllene to your diet with products like RSHO™ pure hemp oil oral applicators. Retaining the natural chemical makeup of the hemp plant, these pure hemp oils provide a number of nutritional compounds, including terpenes, for a well rounded dietary supplement.