Which Terpenes Help With Inflammation?
Several terpenes have been suggested to have anti-inflammatory properties.
The most interesting of the above mentioned caryophyllene.
Caryophyllene directly acts on the CB2 cannabinoid receptor.
It dampens inflammation via the endocannabinoid system making it a phytocannabinoid by definition.
Let's look at the anti-inflammatory effects of terpenes not already yet mentioned in previous blogs.
Bisabolol has been shown to reduce the inflammatory response in the skin of mice exposed to irritants such as Croton oil and Phenol.
Humulene reduced allergy type inflammation and mucus in mice airways that had been exposed to an allergen.
In another study, humulene showed anti-inflammatory effects in mice at a level comparable to a commonly used steroid.
Terpineol also suppressed some inflammatory mediators in human inflammatory cells in laboratory testing.
So, there are few promising leads in controlling inflammation with terpenes.
There is still much more research to be done to demonstrate effectiveness in humans.