According to Medical News Today, “Anxiety disorders occur when a person regularly feels disproportionate levels of distress, worry, or fear over an emotional trigger.” These triggers can be a result of increased levels of stress or regret, environmental factors, or even genetics. A person’s brain chemistry, life experiences, or history with addiction and controlled substances can also play a factor. No matter the causing factor, one fact reigns true -- anxiety is no fun for anyone.
Fortunately, there are treatments available for anxiety. Terpenes can help to play a role in this treatment, even standing as a major active ingredient in some cases. This article looks at a handful of the terpenes most effective at treating anxiety, and the studies that have proven them to be so.
Beta-Caryophyllene, or BCP as its called for short, is among the most effective terpenes when it comes to treating anxiety. A study published by Science Direct, which looked at the effects of BCP on treating anxiety in mice, found that this terpene actually is incredibly efficient at calming feelings of anxiety and heavy stress.
The study found that CB2 receptors can be targeted by BCP in the treatment of anxiety and depression in an effective manner.
The hope is that with further scientific study, the impact of BCP on anxiety and depression disorders can be further monitored and, as the evidence stockpiles, that the terpene can be consistently used as a clinical treatment for patients. As a company which offers terpene isolates in their products, you can use this data to inform your customers of the potential benefits of BCP for treating their anxiety.
A study published by the National Library of Medicine, which looked at Limonene’s impact on anxiety, actually used rats instead of mice. The study found that d-Limonene is incredibly effective as a treatment agent against high levels of stress, which of course can lead to ongoing anxiety. “These studies show that d-limonene exerts, through its metabolite POH, a significant anti-stress action measurable by behavioral and physiologic parameters under the influence of the nervous system,” said the NLM in the report summary.
Limonene is common in the peels of citrus fruits, among other places, making it a common everyday terpene for anyone who enjoys an orange in the morning or a slice of lemon in their cocktail. Its presence in these fruits makes it among the most marketable of terpene isolates, as well.
Similar to the study on BCP, The US National Library of Medicine released data from a study back in 2010 that documented the effects of linalool in treating anxiety on mice. “Inhaled linalool showed anxiolytic properties in the light/dark test, increased social interaction and decreased aggressive behavior; impaired memory was only seen the higher dose of linalool,” the report found. “These results strengthen the suggestion that inhaling linalool rich essential oils can be useful as a mean to attain relaxation and counteract anxiety.”
Linalool has a floral aroma to it that makes it a welcome addition to many over-the-counter beauty products. It is widely used in everyday life, making it an easy terpene isolate for you to incorporate into products and market to your customers. “The association between the use of aromas and a decrease in anxiety could be a valuable instrument in managing anxiety in an ever increasing anxiogenic daily life style,” said the report summary on the NLM’s website.
The myrcene that you see in extract form is in its liquid form, and will likely appear yellow if you were to see it extracted and on its own. It is a monoterpene, which for those of you who speak science talk means that the terpene has the molecular formula C₁₀H₁₆. Myrcene can be used as both a sedative and an anti-inflammatory agent, of which the sedative properties are more directly tied with reducing anxiety.
For the purpose of many of your customers, myrcene is the most prevalent terpene they are likely to encounter. You can use this to your advantage by plugging these benefits in your products, adding an additional selling point.