Beta-Caryophyllene

Beta-caryophyllene (BCP) is a terpene found in various plants, including cannabis. It’s known for its spicy, woody aroma and is also present in black pepper, cloves, and other herbs. While it’s not a cannabinoid itself, beta-caryophyllene interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system by binding to cannabinoid receptors, particularly the CB2 receptor.

One interesting aspect of beta-caryophyllene is its ability to act as a selective agonist of the CB2 receptor, which means it can activate this receptor specifically. This selective binding to CB2 receptors distinguishes beta-caryophyllene from other cannabinoids like THC, which primarily bind to CB1 receptors.

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