Terpene Spotlight: Caryophyllene

A diagram showing the nature and specifications of Caryophyllene

Last time, we talked a bit about myrcene, one of the most popular terpenes in cannabis. Another one you might want to know about in called caryophyllene. Caryophyllene is an interesting terpene, and while it isn’t as popular as myrcene, its characteristics are distinct.  You can find a number of popular cannabis strains high in caryophyllene.

Caryophyllene is not exclusive to cannabis – it’s present in many herbs and spices as well. But its use in cannabis comes with several medical benefits.

Here’s what you need to know!

Where do you find caryophyllene?

As stated, caryophyllene can be found in many herbs and spices, like cloves and cinnamon. It can also be found in things as common as black pepper. Aromatic oils like rosemary oil also have a dose of caryophyllene in them.

“Caryophyllene is a bigger molecule than terpenes like myrcene and limonene,” explains Leafly. “Caryophyllene’s molecular structure also contains a cyclobutane ring, something rare and not found in any other known cannabis terpene.”

Cannabis strains high in caryophyllene

High amounts of caryophyllene can be found in many popular cannabis strains, including Original Glue and Purple Punch.

What does caryophyllene taste like?

As you might expect based on where it’s found, caryophyllene has a flavor profile that’s spicy and herbal with hints of wood. It’s commonly found in hops and handles the bite you get when smelling cracked pepper.

What does caryophyllene do?

Caryophyllene is unique because it can activate the endocannabinoid system, which creates an anti-inflammatory effect. This has several potential benefits and can be very helpful to people with arthritis.

It may also be used for people with diabetes, and even slow the growth of cancer cells. In addition, caryophyllene can work for general pain relief, and has several mental health benefits, helping combat both insomnia and anxiety.

What caryophyllene cannabis product is right for me?

If you want to try a product with caryophyllene in it, we’re happy to help you pick one out! Our budtenders are here to help you identify and select the perfect product for you.

Wayne Releaf is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. We proudly serve Wayne County and surrounding Washtenaw and Oakland counties.

Visit our dispensary and our team will help you select the perfect product.

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