Terpene Tuesday: Caryophyllene

Happy Terpene Tuesday!

Today’s Terpene is: Caryophyllene Pronunciation: Carry-O-fi-lean

What does it smell like?

Black Pepper, Spicy, Woody

What is it found in?

Black Pepper, Cloves, Hops, Cinnamon, Rosemary, and Oregano.

What strains are pre-dominantly Caryophyllene heavy?

Original Glue, Purple Punch, Girl Scout Cookies, Chemdog, Sour Diesel

What effects/benefits does Caryophyllene offer?

Now Caryophyllene is a unique terpene as it is also a cannabinoid! Wait, what is a cannabinoid? Cannabinoids are compounds that are found in the cannabis plant (or synthetic compounds such as cartridges) that interact specifically with the endocannabinoid system. The most prominent cannabinoid is tetrahydrocannabinol otherwise known as THC. You also might be wondering what the endocannabinoid system is and does? The endocannabinoid system is a biological system that are made up of neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors and cannabinoid receptor proteins that are all over our body! This is expressed throughout the vertebrae central nervous system and peripheral nervous system.

Since Caryophyllene is both a terpene and cannabinoid it can bind to endocannabinoid system and can provide additional benefits that other terpenes cannot. Caryophyllene specifically reacts and binds to CB2 receptors, which primarily is expressed only when there is active inflammation. So, this means that Caryophyllene can be extremely helpful for and can also help reduce inflammation. Caryophyllene has also been looked at as a possible therapy for inflammatory bowel disease as well as helps support immune system health.

Caryophyllene has also been known to help reduce anxiety and depression as well as generally soothing nervous behavior. With its stress relieving properties and its active binding to cannabinoid receptors it can help relieve chronic pain and provide gentle and relaxing effects for both the body and the mind, including boosting your mood!

References: 

https://finestlabs.com/caryophyllene-terpene/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6035094/

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