Let’s Talk Terpenes: What Is Caryophyllene?

Spoon of black peppercorns with terpene caryophyllene molecule.

By now, you’re probably pretty familiar with the terpene caryophyllene even if you don’t consume cannabis.

The terpene caryophyllene is the primary chemical compound that gives black pepper its unique spicy scent. First synthesized in 1964 by world-renowned organic chemist Elias James “E.J.” Corey, it has generated much interest in a variety of fields.

Marijuana Strains with Caryophyllene

Cannabis strains that contain caryophyllene contain a spicy, woody aroma. Some of the most popular strains that are dominant in this terpene are Bubba Kush, Chemdawg, and Sour Diesel. It’s also dominant in the essential oils of herbs such as basil, hops, rosemary, and oregano, and spices like cinnamon and cloves.

What Does Caryphoyllene Treat?

Caryophyllene is most well-known for its anti-inflammatory effects. The terpene binds to CB2 receptors, the parts of our bodies’ endocannabinoid systems responsible for regulating inflammation.

Inflammation regulation is only one of several natural healing processes that caryophyllene can activate. This terpene can even help with:

  • Weight loss.
  • Cancer
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Brain health

These are only a few health benefits of this extraordinary terpene. As new information and research surfaces, the list of health benefits for this terpene is sure to expand.

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