Studies suggest that caryophyllene may help treat anxiety and depression.
Flavor / Aroma – Hoppy. Cannabis and hops are basically cousins.
What are terps and why do they make a difference?
Over 100 different terpenes have been identified in the cannabis plant. Also, every strain produces a unique terpene type and composition. The most fascinating characteristic of the family known as Terpene is their ability to interact synergistically with other compounds like cannabinoids, specifically cannabidiol – CBD.
Basically, terpenes like Caryophyllene are fragrant essential oils. They are secreted in differing concentrations in different cannabis strains – alongside cannabinoids like CBD and THC. CBD and THC bind to cannabinoid receptors concentrated heavily in the body (CB2) and brain (CB1). And, this is where non-psychoactive and psychoactive effects are produced.
Some terpenes also bind to these receptor sites and affect their chemical
output. Others can modify how much of each compound CBD and THC
pass through the blood-brain barrier. Their hand of influence is called the “entourage effect”. It even reaches neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin by altering their rate of production and destruction, their movement, and the availability of receptors.
Cannabis strains containing this terpene have a spicy and musky feel. Many of these strains give diesel and fuel notes. Also, you may experience some nose-tingling feel just as taking a bit of pepper.
The effects these strains produce vary from terpene to terpene. Some are especially successful in relieving stress, while others promote focus and acuity. For example, this spicy terpene is a great antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties. Inducing Caryophyllene in treating inflammatory bowel disease could also bring significant relief.