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If you savour the fragrance of oregano and basil, you have already encountered the herbaceous terpene beta-caryophyllene.
One of the most exciting things about beta-caryophyllene is its ability to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). The ECS is a complex system of neurotransmitters, receptors and enzymes that help regulate physiological processes like pain, inflammation, and appetite. While cannabis compounds such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) interact with the ECS, beta-caryophyllene binds selectively to CB2 receptors, which are mainly found in immune cells. This terpene’s unique ability to bind to CB2 receptors may indicate that it has potential health benefits as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever.
What are the health benefits of beta-caryophyllene?
- Anti-inflammatory effects: Beta-caryophyllene may have anti-inflammatory effects, which could help reduce pain and swelling associated with inflammatory conditions like arthritis.
- Pain relief: Studies suggest that beta-caryophyllene could help reduce pain perception and may be useful as a natural painkiller.
- Neuroprotective effects: Beta-caryophyllene may have neuroprotective effects and could potentially be used to treat neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
- Anti-anxiety effects: Some research suggests that beta-caryophyllene has anxiolytic effects, meaning it can help reduce anxiety and promote feelings of relaxation.
- Gastrointestinal benefits: Beta-caryophyllene may also help protect the gastrointestinal tract from damage and inflammation.
How can I include more beta-caryophyllene into my diet?
- Black pepper: Black pepper is one of the richest sources of beta-caryophyllene, a sprinkle of black pepper on your meals can increase your intake
- Cloves: Another spice with high levels of beta-caryophyllene, add cloves to dishes like stews, curries and baked goods
- Rosemary: Rich in beta-caryophyllene, rosemary can be used as a seasoning for meats, vegetables and soups
- Oregano: Oregano is a great addition to Italian and Mediterranean dishes, including pasta sauces and salads
- Cannabis: Some strains of cannabis contain high levels of beta-caryophyllene. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using cannabis for any health condition.
Most research on beta-caryophyllene has been done on animals, so more study is needed to fully understand its potential health benefits in humans. While incorporating beta-caryophyllene into your diet can provide potential health benefits, it should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment. Always consult with a healthcare professional before using it for any health condition.
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This article is intended as general information and is not a substitute for medical advice from your treating doctor. You must always speak with your doctor about the appropriate treatment for you based on your individual health circumstances.