Today’s conventional wound treatments continue to be a marvel in battling infection and tissue loss. The medical community is currently dealing with community-wide, antibiotic resistant infections across the United States. Now alternative care treatments may offer much-needed wound care options in the near future.
Latest research includes a study report by Indiana University researchers showing the anti-inflammatory and wound healing effects of an essential oil component called beta caryophyllene. This terpene is very commonly found in many different plant sources like lavender and black pepper. It is very commonly found within many cannabis strains as well. Caryophyllene is the only terpene to also hold the distinction of being classified as a cannabinoid in action as well (an atypical cannabinoid). Study discoveries include an increased gene expression of hair follicle stem cells in treated wound tissues. This means better healing with less scar formation and a more complete recovery. Thorough wound healing is not the only benefit this remarkable chemical has been found to have. Other studies have reported help with pain, anxiety, depression, and many other potential benefits like gastric protection and
Researchers have not issued a recommendation to treat wounds with essential oils or beta caryophyllene extracts. Consistency and purity is a concern. Oils from plants vary in purity and chemical structure due to growing differences, such as where it is grown, handled, and stored (happens when growing cannabis as well). Oils can also be dangerous if not used, handled, and diluted properly.