One very important terpene that works with cannabinoids is Beta-Caryophyllene. Beta-Caryophyllene molecular structure is unique; it is more significant than other terpenes and contains a rare cyclobutene ring not found in any other cannabis terpene. Its relationship with the endocannabinoid system and its ability to bind to CB2 receptors gives it excellent potential to provide medicinal benefits. When used in conjunction with cannabinoids they can enhance each other’s therapeutic effects while balancing out the negative ones.
Aroma: Spicy, sweet, wood-like
Fun Fact: Beta-caryophyllene is used especially in chewing gum when combined with other spicy mixtures or citrus flavorings.
Sources: Most edible herbs like oregano, cloves, black pepper, cinnamon, rosemary, lavender, as well as other green leafy vegetables.
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Kills bacteria and slows down their growth
- Prevents or reduces cancer growth
- Protects the central nervous system
- Relieves gastrointestinal problems
- Binds to CB-2