With such a wide variety of terpenes existing within the world of cannabis, it can be difficult to keep track of them all. But the most commonly found terpene in cannabis is by far Caryophyllene. It’s also found in pepper, oregano, cinnamon, and even in hops! Caryophyllene’s signature aroma contributes pungent and often slightly funky notes which can be spicy and nose-biting.
Aside from its unique aroma, Caryophyllene stands out in a couple of other ways too. It’s a bigger molecule than terpenes such as Limonene and Myrcene, which allows Caryophyllene to easily bind with receptors in the brain similarly to how cannabinoids do. By doing this it has been shown to activate our endocannabinoid system, an effect that’s been found to encourage muscle relaxation and recovery! Some studies have also found a link between these effects and reduced inflammation.
The effects from cultivars that contain large amounts of Caryophyllene are typically calming and useful for lessening anxiety. A few of the more well-known cultivars that feature Caryophyllene as a dominant terpene are Girl Scout Cookies, Purple Punch and the classic Gorilla Glue #4. These cultivars are all known to produce full-bodied and physically relaxing effects, largely because of their high Caryophyllene content. Keep an eye out for Caryophyllene in our batch write ups since it’s so common.