One of the terpenes you’ll find most commonly in sativa strains is caryophyllene, or β-Caryophyllene. If you’re ever smoking on a classic gassy strain and notice a spicy, or peppery flavor, that’s good old caryophyllene. This terp also is present in high levels in some of your favorite spices and herbs such as black pepper, cloves, hops, and rosemary. Caryophyllene is special in that it’s the only terpene that has properties similar to CBD and THC.
Your endocannabinoid system is responsible for reacting to any sort of cannabinoids you’re putting into it throughout your body. One endocannabinoid receptor is known as CB2 and when tapped into, has anti-inflammatory properties on the body. Caryophyllene has been shown to interact with that CB2 receptor to produce anti-inflammatory effects, as well as quell depression and anxiety.
This special terpene has also shown evidence of reducing alcohol cravings in the user, and only binds to the CB2 receptor which results in prohibiting any further psychoactive effects. For this reason the terp is also used in topicals and salves to relax the user without getting them too stoned.
If you’re looking for a good source for digestive protection, finding strains rich in caryophyllene may also be your godsend. This terpene can provide a lot of relief to your gut, acting as an antibacterial agent, while also providing pain relief. Smoking strains that have ample amounts of this terp can potentially reduce anxiety and providing a positive sense of well-being.
Some famous strains that have high levels of caryophyllene include OG Kush, Chemdawg, Bubba Kush, Super Silver Haze, and Sour Diesel. Ask any of our budtenders next time you’re at Diamond Green about brands we carry that produce any of these strains. Studies have found caryophyllene to aid in reducing cancer, anxiety, depression, and alcohol cravings. Look for classic sativa strains on our Leafly menu to find a couple options before you come in and make a purchase.