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The Neuroprotective Effects of BCP Explained

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The Neuroprotective Effects of BCP Explained

Beta-caryophyllene (BCP) is a sesquiterpene found in Copaiba, Melissa, Ylang Ylang, and Black Pepper essential oils. Previous research has shown that beta-caryophyllene is an agonist of the cannabinoid type 2 receptor (CB2 receptor), meaning that it activates the receptor just as an endogenous signal would. The CB2 receptor has a number of functions both inside and outside of the central nervous system. CB2 receptors are expressed in the hippocampus, which is heavily involved in learning and memory, as well as the ventral tegmental area, which is a major player in neural circuits of pleasure and reward. CB2 receptors are also expressed in immune cells and peripheral nervous system...