beta-Caryophyllene Terpenes for Pets
What is Beta-caryophyllene?
Beta-Caryophyllene is a terpene commonly found in spices and herbs like black pepper and abundantly in our organic hemp cultivated on our farm in Longmont, CO. It is mostly found within the trichomes of the hemp flower or bud, which are rich in the medicinal oil that is extracted. Terpenes like beta caryophyllene give the plant unique taste and smell, but most importantly they provide a synergistic effect with cannabinoids that are also abundant in the hemp plant. Beta caryophyllene is particularly abundant in hemp versus marijauna that is predominantly grown for it’s psychoactive compound, THC.
Its main benefit is that it activates a response in the CB2 (cannabinoid receptor) receptor in the body that deals with inflammatory response signals and other pathways of discomfort. In addition to its mechanism of action on the endocannabinoid system (ECS), it has shown to have a wide range of benefits on other chemical pathways in the body.
Beta-Caryophyllene Terpene Benefits & Effects
One of the most interesting things about beta-caryophyllene is that it acts as a cannabinoid. That’s right, even though it’s a terpene, it interacts with the same receptors in our bodies as THC and CBD. This means that it can have some of the same effects as these more well-known compounds, without the psychoactive properties of THC.
But what are some of these effects, you may ask? Beta-caryophyllene has been shown to have a number of potential benefits for both humans and animals.
First of all, beta-caryophyllene is known to promote healthy inflammatory processes. This means that it can help the inflammatory process in the body, which can be especially helpful for conditions like stiff joints, IBS, and other health conditions. By promoting a healthy inflammatory response, beta-caryophyllene can help relieve discomfort and improve overall quality of life.
In addition to promoting a healthy inflammatory response, beta-caryophyllene has also been shown to have discomfort pathway properties. This means that it can help relieve discomfort directly, by blocking certain discomfort receptors in the body. This makes it a potentially useful treatment for conditions like consistent stiff joints, neurological stress, and even headaches.
Another potential benefit of beta-caryophyllene is its ability to reduce stress. Studies have shown that beta-caryophyllene can interact with the same receptors in the brain as certain mood altering medications, leading to reduced symptoms of stress. This makes it a promising treatment option for those who suffer from these conditions.
Beta-caryophyllene may also have neuroprotective properties. This means that it could potentially help protect the brain from damage and degeneration, which could be useful for conditions like forms of cognitive decline. While more research is needed in this area, the initial findings are promising. Older pets often suffering from sundowners syndrome where they lose track of night and day or “senioritis” where they display symptoms of cognitive decline can benefit greatly from natural plant remedies like beta caryophyllene.
But that’s not all! Beta-caryophyllene has also been shown to have potential benefits for the digestive system. It can help the healthy inflammatory response in the gut, which can be especially helpful for conditions like inflammatory bowel syndrome. It may also help improve digestion and reduce symptoms like bloating and gas. By engaging the endocannabinoid system in a similar form to a cannabinoid, like CBD, beta caryophyllene shows therapeutic potential for digestive upset in dogs and cats.
So, as you can see, beta-caryophyllene is a truly amazing compound with a wide range of potential benefits. And the best part is, it’s completely natural! You can find beta-caryophyllene in a variety of herbs and spices, as well as in certain strains of cannabis.