For this edition of Terpenes Talk, we’ll explore Caryophyllene (pronounced carry-oh-figh-leen), which is found in virtually all Cream of the Crop strains. Caryophyllene is notable because it is the only terpene that interacts with the human body’s endocannabinoid system by binding to one of its main cannabinoid pathways: the CB2 receptor.

What Are Terpenes?

Terpenes are fragrant essential oils secreted by cannabis flower; they influence the smell, taste, and even the effect of marijuana. For a more in-depth look at terpenes in general, see the first edition of Terpenes Talk. 

What is Caryophyllene?

Caryophyllene is found in a variety of natural foods, including black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, and oregano. The aroma and taste of caryophyllene is spicy, with hints of wood, cloves, and pepper.

As mentioned above, caryophyllene is a terpene that could be classified as a cannabinoid as well. Because of this unique attribute, it has been heavily researched and been found to be possibly useful in the treatment of anxiety and depression, an anti-inflammatory and pain killer, and as a way to treat multiple sclerosis.

Caryophyllene and Cream of the Crop Strains

All of our Cream of the Crop strains contain caryophyllene. This terpene is often associated with a “body buzz” effect, which is consistent with its medicinal use to treat pain and inflammation. Strains high in this terpene include Cherry Punch, Chem 91, and Trunk Funk.

Caryophyllene Takeaways

  • The only terpene that acts like a cannabinoid by binding with the endocannabinoid systems CB2 receptor.

  • Well-researched with several medicinally useful applications.

  • Consistent with research on caryophyllene, strains high in this terpene typically give effects such as physical relaxation and a focused, positive head high.