Caryophyllene is a fairly popular terpene that is found in marijuana and is even classified as usually seen as safe to use by the FDA. It has been recognized by scientists to be the first non-cannabinoid to activate cannabinoid receptors. Because of that, strains of cannabis that are very rich in caryophyllene usually have potent medicinal benefits. The terpene is also known as beta-caryophyllene and is usually responsible for the spicy smell in many of the cannabis strains out there. It is also found in things like basil, rosemary, black pepper, oregano, and cloves.
Caryophyllene itself does not produce any psychoactive effects. It is highly regarded to provide relief from pain and have antibacterial properties in the stomach. There hasn’t been an overwhelming number of studies done on caryophyllene, but one study that was conducted on mice showed that the mice that were injected with caryophyllene experienced much less pain than the ones that weren’t.
It also showed to increase the strength of morphine when they were used in conjunction with each other. In other research, scientists gave colitis to mice experimentally, and then added caryophyllene as treatment and found that they had lower levels of inflammation in the colon.
Caryophyllene may also play a role in protecting the brain from disease. This proves that it may have some potential in treating the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Cognitive decline may also be protected. Certain strains of cannabis particularly contain higher amounts of caryophyllene. Some of the more notable ones are Bubba Kush, Sour Diesel, Chemdog, Candyland, Death Star, Original Glue, Cookies and Cream, Gelato, The White, and Master Kush.
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I need to find a strain of cannabis that is high in caryophyllene to help with the ongoing pain that I have been getting in my joints.