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Terpenes 101: What is Caryophyllene?

In All About Terpenes in High-CBD Strains, we introduced you to the concept of terpenes, the natural and therapeutic oils present in plants that give them their characteristic flavours and aromas.

Now, we’re showcasing the popular terpenes present in the Cannabis plant to give you a better understanding of how different cannabis strains offer varying physiological effects, and what makes each so special.

One such terpene is called caryophyllene. While you may not have heard of it, you’ve definitely consumed it. Considered a “dietary cannabinoid,” this terpene can be found in black pepper, cloves, hops, basil, rosemary, and, of course, cannabis.

Caryophyllene has a spicy, woody, and peppery aroma that is hard to miss in strains ranging from White Widow to Bubba Kush to Chemdawg.

The associated therapeutic properties of caryophyllene

Caryophyllene offers consumers a natural and safe source of anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic agents. Studies have shown that caryophyllene can provide medicinal benefits for the following conditions: colitis, osteoarthritis, diabetes, anxiety and depression, liver fibrosis, and Alzheimer-like diseases. It has also shown potential for helping with reducing alcohol cravings.

How best to get the benefits of caryophyllene

While many spices and herbs contain caryophyllene, simply eating some more black pepper and basil isn’t likely to make much of a difference for medical conditions. Rather, many people looking for relief take to applying topicals containing concentrated caryophyllene or ingesting cannabis products that contain the terpene.

Exact dosages for your particular needs should be addressed with your cannabis care team or prescribing medical professional.