Terpenes 101: What is Caryophyllene and What Does it Do?
What is Caryophyllene?
Caryophyllene, also called beta-caryophyllene or BCP, this terpene can be found in hops, cloves, black pepper, oregano, cinnamon, basil and strains of cannabis. If you’ve ever taken a whiff of herb with a funky bite that hits like smelling cracked pepper, it’s likely rich in caryophyllene.
Cannabis strains with high levels of caryophyllene tend to be pungent and musky like: Bubba Kush, Sour Diesel, Chemdog, Death Star, and Gelato among others. Given its strong aroma it’s one of the most easily detected by smell in a strain next to the unmistakable citrusy punch of limonene.
It’s unique due to its ability to act as a cannabinoid and directly activate a cannabinoid receptor, especially CB2 receptors. Because of this unique super power it can aid with issues like inflammation, anxiety and pain all by itself.
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What are the potential benefits of Caryophyllene?
Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Properties
Could Help Fight Addiction
A study on mice showed promise for caryophyllene’s potential to reduce alcohol intake, making this terpene a possible treatment for addiction
Could Help Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Due to its activation of the CB2 receptor it is a potential therapeutic strategy for the treatment of inflammation, pain, atherosclerosis, and osteoporosis. Its ability to induce euphoric effects without the presence of THC can aid in reduction of anxiety.