Beta-caryophyllene, the woody, peppery chemical in some cannabis strains, is more complex than other terpenes
Its therapeutic efficacy is particularly striking: many topical products already use the caryophyllene due to its proven pain-relieving effects. If knowledge is power, then understanding why you are chemically attracted to your favorite strains is a path of self-discovery that every stoner should take.
Take, for example, beta-caryophyllene, β-caryophyllene, or simply caryophyllene: the woody, peppery terpene (also found in cinnamon and cloves) that gives many cannabis strains their character. spicy and earthy. The way this terpene interacts with the human endocannabinoid system (the regulatory system that controls so much of our basic bodily functions) is remarkable for reasons other than mind-altering, and whether you're a college cannabis smoker or new to ganja, you probably want to know what makes this chemical exceptional.
What is caryophyllene?
Caryophyllene is unique among terpenes because its molecules are significantly larger than those of common terpenes like limonene (lemony smack) or myrcene (hopped fruit), both likely familiar to contemporary cannaeists.
Additionally, the molecular structure of caryophyllene contains a cyclobutane ring, a rare feature in nature, which has the ability to bind to cannabinoid CB2 receptors in the human endocannabinoid system as if they were cannabinoids and not terpenes. This makes the therapeutic efficacy particularly striking – many topical products already use this terpene due to its proven painkilling effects.
The unique structure of caryophyllene highlights how terpenes can influence the behavior of cannabinoids. The entourage effect – or the cumulative effect of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids on our bodies – is arguably central to the cannabis experience, as terpenes can regulate the amount of THC that crosses the blood-blood barrier. encephalic. And since studies have shown caryophyllene to be an effective treatment for chronic neuropathic pain and alcohol addiction, the distinct way this terpene interacts with the brain is something all cannabis users should consider. explore.
Here is a list of some of the caryophyllene-rich cultivars popular ones, both therapeutic and recreational, that you should consider adding to your cart.
This balanced hybrid delivers a calm euphoria, perfect for daytime smokers in need of crystal-clear focus and a smooth energy boost. Medical users celebrate this strain's effectiveness in treating chronic pain, fatigue, and stress, although the potency can sometimes lead to compounded anxiety, so nervous smokers might want to avoid this particular cultivar. Expect a creamy, fruity aroma that's actually reminiscent of Froot Loops cereal milk, and a velvety, woodsy exhale with lingering hints of black pepper.
Bubble Gum is a genetically balanced hybrid that somehow boasts a high that is both soothing and creatively electrifying. Users report effects that are both tingling and mellow in the body and inhaling in the head resulting in highs that are perfect for daydreaming, lounging around watching the clouds, or refocusing on yourself while doing a spa, for example. Therapeutic users say this strain is an effective treatment for arthritis, gastrointestinal upset, chronic pain, and loss of appetite. Expect a fruity, bubble-gum-skunky scent and a creamy, tropical-funk, uplifting exhale.
Wappa's highs are apparently deeper and more cushioned than other strains on this list. We have to assume that these effects are at least partly down to genetics, as Wappa breeders have kept the parent strains of this cultivar top secret. Although this strain delivers a more relaxing high, users have described its effects as both euphoric and sedating, making it a popular therapeutic choice for users seeking to treat anxiety, depression, post-stress. trauma and stress. Expect a fruity, gassy nose and a woody, sweet exhale.
For smokers who prefer an intense experience, the Phantom OG is worth a look. This potent cultivar is genetically balanced. The reported effects range from fits of uncontrollable laughter to a certain state of bliss, good physical and mental relaxation, possible food cravings and finally good restful sleep. Expect a bubbly, woodsy aroma with light lemon notes and a thick, pine-tinged exhale.
Resulting from a cross between Northern Lights and Trainweck, this cultivar has the means to live up to its name. With THC percentages ranging up to 30% on average, this strain is not for novices. Northern Wreck is an extremely sedating indica hybrid that provides both soothing relaxation and a sweet dreamy euphoria. The set is apparently the panacea for insomnia.