Caryophyllene is a terpene contained in nearly all top-selling medical cannabis products. The smell and taste of cannabis flower are due to its terpene content that has tones that range from citrus to earthy, berry scents and flavors, and spicy to floral or lavender.
Terpenes are bioactive and studies show that they may affect the way the body absorbs and uses CBD, potentially multiplying the positive effects of cannabinoids in marijuana on health. Caryophyllene terpene stands out compared to other kinds due to many reasons such as the following:
It is Ideal for Daytime Use
Caryophyllene is a very unique but pleasant spicy flavor and smell that can be compared to black pepper, basil, and oregano. It is the only terpene that directly binds to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the human endocannabinoid system. It offers wellness and anti-inflammatory benefits without psychoactive effects. This terpene is found in high abundance in cannabis strains such as Bubba Kush, Sour Diesel, Candyland, Chemdog, The White, Death Star, Gelato, and more.
Moreover, caryophyllene has a 390.2 degrees F evaporation level that makes it ideal for manufacturing medical cannabis tinctures and edibles. This is also the reason cannabis strains with high amounts of Caryophyllene have a rich scent and flavor profile, making them the preferred options for patients who use smokable flowers.
It Offers Many Health Benefits
Caryophyllene is the most common and powerful terpene in cannabis, offering many health benefits for patients suffering from chronic diseases and pain symptoms.
Strains high in Caryophyllene are often prescribed for patients with heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, immune system disorders, gastrointestinal issues, and neurological diagnoses. By affecting five main areas of the nervous system and immune system functioning, the terpene can contribute to improved health and wellness. Here are some of its known health benefits:
Anti-inflammatory. The terpene binds with CB2 receptors responsible for the healthy functioning of the body’s immune system. These receptors keep inflammation in check. As Caryophyllene binds with them, it helps suppress the release of cytokines, which triggers body inflammation.
Pain relief. Because of Caryophyllene, medical cannabis has been established as a safer and sometimes more effective alternative for patients with chronic pain.
Suppression of cancer cell growth. The terpene is a powerful antioxidant that can offer wellness benefits to those diagnosed with cancer. Antioxidants fight and help eliminate free radicals from cells and prevent the replication of mutated cells.