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Caryophyllene

In this chapter, we discuss the spiciest of all terpenes, caryophyllene. Where does this unique terpene show up in cannabis, and what are its benefits? Read on for more.

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Caryophyllene

In this chapter of our terpene guide, we cover caryophyllene. This is a robust, spicy terpene with notes of woody flavors. Which plants contain caryophyllene? What are its flavors and aromas like, and what are some potential benefits? Read on for more.

If you are new to the wonderful world of Terpenes, be sure to educate yourself properly by checking out our Terpenes 101 chapter of our Cannabis Basis Guide.

What is Caryophyllene?

Pronounced Carry-Oh-Fi-Lean, the terpene caryophyllene is the spiciest of these compounds. Caryophyllene is a robust and pungent terpene that is found in spices like black pepper, cinnamon, and oregano. Caryophyllene is the only terpene that can also act as a cannabinoid. Interacting with the endocannabinoid system, caryophyllene may offer pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Are Beta-Caryophyllene and Caryophyllene the Same?

Beta-Caryophyllene and Caryophyllene are the same. Their molecular formula is the same, but different kinds of this terpene do have their own individual structural chemical formula. The subtle differences between the two are barely noticeable to the naked eye and other senses and tend to only show up in any meaningful detail in lab tests and studies.

Terpene Flavor and Aroma Profile: Caryophyllene

Caryophyllene is a terpene that lends itself to the pungent bite and robust flavors in many foods, herbs, oils, and plants in our natural world. These include cloves, hops, and basil. If you’ve ever been delighted by the scent of freshly ground black pepper you have caryophyllene to thank for that.

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Cultivars with Caryophyllene

In cannabis, caryophyllene lends itself to pungent, peppery flavors like those with Cookies, Diesel, White, Glue, and Chemdawg lineage. Some of the most popular cultivars that contain caryophyllene include Bubba Kush, Sour Diesel, and GSC.

Does Caryophyllene Get You High?

As we’ve said many times, terpenes are not psychoactive substances, so they will not get you high when consumed on their own. Terpenes like caryophyllene make up a larger impact on our bodies known as the entourage effect, which essentially describes the nuances of how cannabis makes us feel.

Potential Benefits of Caryophyllene

Caryophyllene impacts the endocannabinoid system in humans and is actually the only terpene we know of that also acts as a cannabinoid. This is due to caryophyllene’s unique ability to bind to the brain’s receptors in the endocannabinoid system. Caryophyllene contains a colorless gas called cyclobutane, which is rare in nature and not found in any other terpene, as far as we know.

Studies have shown that caryophyllene has several potential benefits. This terpene can possibly offer pain relief and may help consumers reduce their alcohol intake. Future applications of caryophyllene may lead to this terpene being utilized to treat addictions, most notably alcoholism.

Additionally, preliminary research suggests that caryophyllene acts as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, which may help patients with bowel ailments. Due to the impact caryophyllene has on CB1 receptors in the endocannabinoid system, the terpene may help with symptoms of anxiety and depression.

What’s more, the consumption of foods and substances containing caryophyllene may even help to prolong your lifespan. Studies have shown that this spicy terp can reduce gene stress, which could lead to the therapeutic potential of being an eventual aid in anti-aging.

What We Learned: Caryophyllene

Caryophyllene is just one of the many unique terpenes found in cannabis and our natural world. As has been said many times, more research is necessary to determine how effective these potential benefits are. Here’s what we learned in our Caryophyllene chapter:

  • Some call Caryophyllene the spicy terpene, because of its robust and pungent nature, and the fact that it is found in spices like black pepper, cinnamon, and oregano.
  • Caryophyllene is the only terpene that can also act as a cannabinoid. Interacting with the endocannabinoid system, caryophyllene may offer pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory benefits.
  • Caryophyllene has a unique ability to bind to the brain’s receptors in the endocannabinoid system.
  • Beta-Caryophyllene and caryophyllene share the same molecular formula, but different kinds of this terpene do have their own individual structural chemical formula.
  • Studies show that caryophyllene may be beneficial as a pain reliever, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and could help those struggling with addictions.
  • Some of the most popular cultivars that contain caryophyllene include Bubba Kush, Sour Diesel, and GSC.

More research will likely find more benefits in plants with terpenes like caryophyllene, not just cannabis. The future of the wonderful world of terpenes is here, and HashDash is your educational resource for these invaluable compounds.

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