Commonly Found in: Hops, Cloves, Black Caraway, Black Pepper, True Cinnamon, Ylang-Ylang, Lavender, Rosemary, Cotton, Thai Basil, Oregano
Cannabis Strains: Hash Plant
You will either see this terpene under this name or β-Caryophyllene and you won’t hear about it as a favorite terpene because it isn’t expressed in CB1 and therefore has no psychoactive effects. Caryophyllene is actually an FDA approved dietary cannabinoid and we eat it in almost all of our food. Caryophyllene has an affinity to peripheral CB2 receptors which makes it fantastic as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever and it often added to salves and topical. Have you ever noticed that those heavy hitting Indica strains
What Does Caryophyllene Do?
In vitro studies on rodents have shown Caryophyllene to have countless amazing effects on the body and mind. These tests reported anti-alcoholism, anxiolytic & antidepressant, neuroprotective and antnociceptive. It can also work as a gastroprotectant and help with ulcers making it a super valuable terpene for Chron’s disease. Caryophyllene is also valuable as an anti-inflammatory so it’s great for arthritis and can help ease the side effects of autoimmune disorders such as HIV and AIDS.
How To Identify Caryophyllene
Caryophyllene gives black pepper it’s spice and what gives cannabis that same pungent, musky aroma. It is often used in chewing gum. When you smell a strain that deeply spiced with musk then it is quite possible that it is strong in this terpene. Similarly, since there are little to no psychoactive effects this is a terpene very closely related to the cannabinoid CBD and as such can be expected to be found in CBD rich strains. Please do keep in mind that until we have readily available terpene testing it will all be conjecture.