Terpene Talk: Caryophyllene

Terpene Talk: Caryophyllene

Hemp is full of so much more than just cannabinoids. Terpenes are another compound found in cannabis and hemp that offer a wide variety of benefits.

So what exactly are terpenes? Think of them as the essential oils of cannabis. They give cannabis strains their unique tastes and smells, and also have a variety of therapeutic potential. Similar to using lavender essential oil to help aid in sleep and relieve stress, terpenes have a similar effect on our bodies.

Terpenes are found in everything from food to plants, and so far over 100 terpenes have been identified in cannabis, one of which is caryophyllene.

Caryophyllene is found in not only cannabis and hemp but also rosemary, oregano, basil, lavender and black pepper, just to name a few. What makes caryophyllene unique is that it is the only terpene that binds to our body's CB2 receptors, similar to the way THC binds to those receptors. As a result, you are getting the therapeutic benefits of the terpene caryophyllene without the psychoactive effects you get from THC.

CB2 receptors, a part of our endocannabinoid system, are responsible for reducing inflammation, one of the primary causes for many conditions. Recent studies have shown that the activation of CB2 receptors may provide an effective therapy against drug addiction, by modulating dopamine activity in the area of the brain responsible for reward and addiction.

With the opioid epidemic devastating the population of the US - every single day 130 people die from an opioid overdose, or 47,450 people a year - the potential for cannabis and terpenes as an addiction treatment is groundbreaking.

Other potential benefits of caryophyllene include:

  • May help with pain
  • May reduce inflammation
  • May reduces stress 
  • Antioxidant

     

    As you can see from the below test results, our oil contains almost 20% off this amazing terpene. If you or your friends and family are currently taking pharmaceutical pain medications, consider trying out some of our tinctures to help aid in your pain relief, or help reduce addiction withdrawals.

    

    References:

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24999220

    https://www.leafly.com/news/science-tech/caryophyllene-terpene

    https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-overdose-crisis

    https://www.wikileaf.com/thestash/what-are-cb2-receptors/

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caryophyllene

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