Caryophyllene is a terpene commonly found in cannabis and hemp plants. It is thought to primarily interact with the CB2 receptor of the endocannabinoid system.
Caryophyllene is easily recognizable by the spicy, pepper-like aroma and taste that it gives off. It’s no surprise by this scent and flavor that caryophyllene is found in black pepper, oregano, cloves, basil, and rosemary as well.
- Scent: woody, spicy with a hint of pepper and cloves
- Benefits: activates the cannabinoid receptor, CB2
- Fun Facts: also found in black pepper, cloves and cinnamon
If you need a little spice in your life then beta-caryophyllene is the terpene for you. Most commonly found in black pepper and cinnamon, this terpene has a very spicy aroma with woody undertones. Most of the restorative properties found in hot chili peppers can also be ascribed to cannabis with beta-caryophyllene.
There has also been some research that suggests beta-caryophyllene may reduce abdominal swelling in patients with digestive diseases and it might even improvebrain function. As with other terpenes, this hypothesis has not been proven and b-Caryophyllene is not approved by the FDA for medicinal use.
Beta-caryophyllene has a relatively low boiling point at 266°F.