bcp vs cbd

Sharon Letts

BCP The Other CBD

BCP: Beta-caryophyllene

The Spice of Life

What do you love most about Cannabis? The way it makes you feel, the way it makes you feel good, then better – or is it the fragrance? Cutting up good bud begs a whiff of its delicious scent prior to smoking. Use a vaporizer and the fresh scent of the flower comes through, less the carbon – but there is nothing quite like the taste and smell of some dank weed.

The goodness of scent come from the terpenes of the plant – otherwise known as essential oils – and are the lure and bait that calls herbs, spices, and other beneficial plants to us for our own good.

Terpenes are crucial to a plant’s survival. Without them, pollinators wouldn’t be able to do their jobs, food isn’t grown, and medicine isn’t made.

In terpenes alone Cannabis sativa L. is the biggest draw to date, with approximately 200 of them producing more than 60 terpeno-phenols, undetected in any other plant on the planet. Aromatherapy is the tip of the ice burg, and merely smoking the plant is just the beginning of how good the medicine of the plant will make you feel – all over, not just via the high.

And therein lay the mystery in the medicine, for terpenes are medicine. That’s the trick of nature and we fall for it every time, nose first.

“It’s complicated”

The botanical medicinal herb Cannabis has more than 500 complex compounds. Organic chemist and Professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, refers to the cannabinoids of the plant in the British Journal of Pharmacology as “a neglected pharmacological treasure trove,” stating, “Most of the cannabinoids in Cannabis sativa L. have not been fully evaluated for their pharmacological activity.”

It’s known that Dr. Melchoulam isolated tetrahydrocanbinol, or THC, in 1964, but cannabinoids (specifically CBD & CBN) were first identified in the 1940s, with a bevy of cannabinoids, or CBD, agonists found since. There’s just one glitch, CBDs are such an integral part of the Cannabis plant they are lumped together under Schedule 1 right alongside Heroin.

Enter Dr. John W. Huffman of Clemson University in South Carolina, and his list of synthetic CBDs created for study only on U.S. soil in the mid-90s. “Spice,” a synthetic compound often referred to as “fake weed” was derived from Huffman’s work, with all of the mock compounds soon denied by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) due to unwanted and sometimes dangerous side effects.

Education is prevailing, though, with strains rich in CBD more commonly being hybridized and grown, without the high – allowing children to get on board the healing weed wagon with the grown-ups.

Pass the Pepper

Cannabis also contains a little known compound called Beta-caryophyllene or BCP, said to nearly mimic CBD with no psychoactive properties, found in the most fragrant herbs and spices, such as oregano, black pepper, and cinnamon.

In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences July of 2008, a team of pharmacology and neurology experts from Switzerland, Italy, and Germany reported that BCP is in fact a dietary cannabinoid, responsive to both CB1 and CB2 receptors within the Endocannabinoid System.

The findings named BCP as a “potential therapeutic strategy for the treatment of inflammation, pain, atherosclerosis, and osteoporosis.”

The paper goes on to state, since the team knew Cannabis strains vary wildly – especially in oil delivery preparations – five “commercial” Cannabis essential oils lacking CBD were tested in young mice during this controlled study.

The conclusion stated that BCP, taken with a daily intake of 10 to 200 mg. “could be a dietary factor that potentially modulates inflammatory and other pathophysiological process via the Endocannabinoid System.”

In summation, the team informed, “the pharmacokinetics of BCP in humans and its potential impact on health should be addressed in future studies.”

Legal Healing

Entrepreneur Peter Moon has been on a mission to end prohibition of the plant by finding a loophole in the system for more than two years.

A year ago he investigated synthetic CBDs developed by Huffman, thinking if the FDA approved the synthetic CBD “Spice” as a food additive, then CBD only – or at least the synthetic – should be made available to humans if it had any medicinal value at all. Or, he reasoned, by semantics alone he could find a way to say CBD was approved by default.

Then he stumbled upon the little known, potential dietary additive of BCP, and it all came together for him.

“I had investors who flew to Israel this past summer to meet with Dr. Mechoulam and talk about BCP,” Moon said. “He ended up inviting them to his home and made them dinner in his loft.”

The investors didn’t work out, but Moon said he has been given Dr. Mechoulam’s blessings to tout BCP as dietary additive and is actively looking for funding and a way to get the compound to the public for the greater good.

“Dr. Mechoulam told me this compound is a game changer for the world,” Moon added. “Every major discovery in human history has to begin somewhere – why not with us?”

CBD with a Cause

Author and activist Martin A. Lee is executive director of Project CBD, a non-profit on a mission to educate, promote and publicize research on cannabidiol (CBD) and other components of the plant; while updating doctors and patients in the ongoing science.

The project’s Web site host a long list of dozens of ailments CBD only medicine from Cannabis helps, including upper respiratory, neurological, pain, cardio, digestive, endocrine, auto-immune. The list is extensive and many of the ailments surprised this writer for the lack of THC.

After all, we as a species upped the THC levels over the past 40 years and this plant was used for centuries prior without the extremely high concentrations of THC. Remember those more than 500 compounds of the plant? They are not remotely connected to the THC component. And while I personally feel I need the THC for my own depression and sleep deprivation, I understand the need is great for good medicine without the high for those who’d rather not partake.

While Lee said he is aware of BCP, he wasn’t entirely convinced the CBD analog could perform as well as its counterpart, or help with as many ailments.

“It’s not the same as CBD and doesn’t do everything that CBD does,” Lee said. “It’s a terpene, and binds directly to the CB2 cannabinoid receptor in the peripheral nervous system and immune system, which CBD does not

Relax, it’s Oregano

In January, 2013 The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia (AHP) added a “formal quality standards monograph for Cannabis” back onto its list of medicinal botanical herbs.

The American Botanical Council announced the news on its Web site via its newsletter, “HerbalEGram,” dated January, 2014, noting the plant was “vilified by President Nixon’s ‘War on Drugs,” citing “20th Century propaganda” contributing to the plants demise over the next 70 years.

Information on the power of herbs and spices is all over the net. Dandelion increases urine output; aloe vera soothes inflamed skin; thyme gives relief for a sore throat; cinnamon lowers diabetes numbers; and sage helps regulate body temperature. The list goes on and makes one wonder how we ever wandered so far away from the garden in the first place.

With the knowledge of cannabis’ healing properties at our finger tips, and the re-found information on healing herbs and spices, who knows, perhaps Peter Moon is on to something. One thing’s for sure, we need to find a way to get back to the garden, and if all it takes is one little black peppercorn to show us the way, so be it.

Links of interest on BCP:

Full FDA list of compounds approved as dietary additives:

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October 14, 2020


A hot topic at the moment in the global cannabis industry is the value and effectiveness of BCP, in comparison to CBD. The purpose of this article is to simply describe the similarities and differences between the two compounds and highlight why BCP oil is an exciting and legal CBD alternative, accessible by all.

CBD is an extract of cannabis and is only accessible through certain pathways in Australia. BCP, also known as Copaiba Oil, is an organic extract also found in cannabis, but can also be found in other plants like cloves and black pepper; therefore it is completely legal in Australia.

Both CBD oil, and BCP oil interact with the body in a similar way. Both oils have been a favoured choice for qualified health practitioners due to their outstanding anti-inflammatory, analgesic and mood regulating properties. For common uses, as briefly described above, BCP oil and CBD oil are often as effective as each other. In fact, due to the process of BCP oil interacting directly to the bodies CB2 receptors, and CBD oil interacting indirectly, it is often argued that BCP is more effective then CBD oil

Legal Status

CBD is a controlled substance in Australia. This makes it only available through certain, long winded avenues such as a cannabis friendly doctor. Although Australia is slowly catching up to America in regards to its Cannabis availability, it is still illegal to purchase CBD oil ‘down under’, unless through special circumstances as outlined above

Alternatively, BCP oil is legally classed as a terpene, not a cannabinoid. This makes it completely legal and accessible to the general public, without the hassle or risk which comes with acquiring CBD oil. It is for this reason that BCP oil is quickly becoming the most sought after alternative to CBD oil. Research now indicates it can even be more effective in some areas, such as interacting with CB2 receptors.

What does interacting with CB2 receptors do?

CB2 receptors help your body regulate is immune function and inflammatory responses. They also contribute to skin and bone health as well as multiple other facets of human wellbeing. Due to BCP oil interacting directly with the body’s CB2 receptors, it is quickly becoming a favoured alternative for Australian’s originally seeking CBD oil. CB2 receptors make up part of the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). This system is responsible for regulating homeostasis. For more information on this, click here.

Botanical Extract vs Synthetic Terpenes

Humans have discovered ways to synthetically produce terpenes. As usual, these synthetically produced compounds have not been studied for their long term health risks. Synthetic terpenes are far cheaper to acquire then botanically extracted terpenes as they are significantly cheaper to produce. This has opened the natural medicine industry up to an influx of businesses looking to maximise profit by using cheap, synthetic terpenes over medicinal grade, botanically extracted terpenes, like Papilio Therapeutics. As a rule of thumb: if a terpene is cheap, its origin is cheap; If its origin is cheap, its synthetic. If you are concerned about the legitimacy of a company’s claims of botanical extraction, you can ask them to supply you a Certificate of Analysis, proving the origin of their product.

C60 + BCP oil?

That’s right, two of nature’s miracles in the one bottle. Our medicinal grade C60 has been delicately integrated into our medicinal grade, botanically extracted BCP pure isolate, then carefully blended through organic hemp seed oil. Our process uses no heat, and therefore does not damage any of the ingredients involved. Although this makes the manufacturing process more time consuming and expensive, the final product is of an internationally superior quality, that is highly bioavailable.

C60 is a novel drug delivery system, being utilised not only by the cannabis industry, but the pharmaceutical industry at large. Radioactive material can be placed inside the C60 molecule’s cage like structure, then with precision accuracy, the nanotechnology will deliver the radioactive material efficiently to the target area.


Although CBD oil is a fantastic supplement with remarkable benefits to the human body, it is just not readily available in Australia at present. This aside, BCP oil is growing rapidly in popularity in the USA due to its ability to interact directly with the body’s CB2 receptors, over CBD’s indirect activity.

If you are interested in trying BCP oil today, you can find some here.

A hot topic at the moment in the global cannabis industry is the value and effectiveness of BCP, in comparison to CBD. The purpose of this article is to simply describe the similarities and differences between the two compounds and highlight why BCP oil is an exciting and legal CBD alternative, accessible by all.