Terpene profiles are used to determine what the affects, feelings and aromas of each one is and how they differ from one another. In this article, we understand what Caryophyllene is and how it holds the secret to spice and flare in so many products.
Caryophyllene is the only terpene known to act as a cannabinoid since it has the ability to activate the endocannabinoid system by binding CB2 receptors and also provide anti-inflammatory effects. First discovered in 1964 by Raphael Mechoulam, it was identified as a Terpene in the cannabis plant but it wasn’t until the 2000’s that cannabinoid label came to be by a group of German scientists. Its unique molecule structure allows for the benefits associated with cannabis to be activated without the euphoric high.It is the only terpene to directly activate a cannabinoid receptor!
Carayophyllene is most commonly found in aromatic oils and is most frequently compared to Black Pepper in flavour and taste. More often than not, strains that contain Caryophllyene are perceived to have effects that promote anti-inflammation and pain relief because of its strong binding to the CB2 receptors. This is especially true with Cannabis Topicals as it is almost always incorporated into any type of pain relief balm or cream.
When picking your next cannabis strain, think about what type of flavours or effects you want to experience when consuming. Though this doesn’t always translate with edibles, flower, pre rolls, vapes and extracts usually contain the most prevalent terpenes. Everyones preference is different and terpenes will affect people differently.
Most strains that contain Caryophyllene usually smell and taste spicier and muskier. Your nose will need to be prepared for these strains as this terpene almost always causes a sneeze once you begin to consume! It is almost always present in strains that are crossed with any type of “Cookies”.