Terpene Spotlight: Caryophyllene
Caryophyllene is one of the most abundant terpenes found in cannabis. In fact, it’s so abundant that caryophyllene oxide is what drug-sniffing dogs smell when they identify cannabis.
It is well-studied and offers some exciting medical potential, particularly for people dealing with pain, cancer, or alcohol abuse. Because of the way it binds to CB2 receptors, this terpene is often categorized as a cannabinoid. It’s actually considered the first dietary cannabinoid. While we’ve talked about this terpene in the past, today we’d like to dive in a little deeper.
Therapeutic Uses of Caryophyllene
- Eases pain caused by inflammation and neuropathy.
- Used as part of a topical pain cream.
- A promising treatment for anxiety and depression.
- The combination of cancer-fighting properties and pain relief could be very helpful for cancer patients.
- Improves the effectiveness of paclitaxel, a common chemotherapy drug.
- Might inhibit or prevent alcoholism in mice.
- Helps repair alcohol-induced liver damage in mice.
- Shows antifungal effects.
- Has antibacterial properties.
- A potential treatment for colitis.
- Protects the brain from injury and oxygen deprivation.
- May prevent and treat osteoporosis.
Cannabis Strains High in Caryophyllene
Other Sources of Caryophyllene
- Black pepper
Caryophyllene as a Functional Ingredient
This terpene has a huge variety of potential uses! The caryophyllene found in the black pepper might help you get those extra turns or that last mile, it is great to help people feel good as they enjoy an active, athletic lifestyle.
While we still have a lot to learn about terpenes and the true medical potential of cannabis, terpenes like this remind us that researchers are working hard to help us make the most of this amazing plant. We can’t wait to see what we learn next. Have you joined us for Terpene Tuesdays on Instagram?