Updated on March 19, 2020. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Caryophyllene which is most commonly known as beta-caryophyllene is a very common terpene that can be found in cannabis and is known for its herbal spiciness.
Hops, cinnamon, and black pepper have caryophyllene in them. It is a common food additive and has a sweet taste. Caryophyllene can also be found in allspice and fig and is one of the most researched and studied cannabis. It is considered a dietary cannabinoid because it has the ability to bind to different CB2 cannabinoid receptors after it has been consumed orally.]
Considerable research has been carried out on animals, to study and learn the various caryophyllene effects, most prominently in therapeutic effects on cerebral health both physical and psychological. The psychotropic effect which is induced by cannabis mainly takes effect in the cannabinoid receptor which is located in the central nervous system. Beta-Caryophyllene is known for its therapeutic effects and scientists have found that Caryophyllene decreases inflammation in the brain and diminishes chemicals that are responsible for causing oxidative strain associated with inflammation.
Caryophyllene can also help in the treatment of osteoporosis by helping in increasing stronger bones and helping in reducing their breakdown. They also help in reducing pain related to the nervous system, with creams and ointments containing beta-caryophyllene.