What is Caryophyllene?

Caryophyllene, also known as beta-caryophyllene, is a unique compound that acts as both a terpene and a cannabinoid1. This terpene is found in many plants, herbs, and spices, including black pepper, oregano, and basil1.

Caryophyllene is a larger molecule than most other terpenes and contains a cyclobutane ring in its structure, which is rare in nature and not found in any other known terpenes derived from herb1. This unique molecular structure allows it to bind to the cannabinoid receptors in your brain, providing many additional benefits that most other terpenes can’t offer1.

Benefits of Caryophyllene

Because of its unique ability to bind to the CB2 receptors, caryophyllene has been found to offer several benefits. Its binding affinity for CB2 receptors may also impact brain health and mental well-being by producing anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. In laboratory mice, very high doses of caryophyllene have shown a sedative effect. It has also been known to have a soothing / relaxing effect. There have not been enough specific studies done on this terpene to have a concrete set of effects, which is why we have it listed as neutral on the  spectrum. There is still much that is unknown about all the ways caryophyllene interacts with grass.

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