What Is Caryophyllene And Why Does It Matter?
Caryophyllene is one of the most common terpenes available.
It is found in cloves, black pepper, rosemary, hops, and cinnamon.
Even more in cannabis products, particularly following certain preparation methods, which often loses some mono-terpenes.
Its role in the plant seems to be to deter insects that eat the plants, while also attracting a bug called lacewings, which eat the pest insects.
Caryophyllene is a special terpene because it can potentially act on the endocannabinoid system.
It's been shown to activate the CB2 receptor and give anti-inflammatory effects by activating this part of the endocannabinoid system.
This means that caryophyllene is technically a cannabinoid, which is a chemical that originates from a plant and acts on the endocannabinoid system.
This contradicts one of my previous episodes.
In a previous episode, I spoke more about the regulatory status of terpenes and cannabinoids rather than pharmacological definitions.
So apart from anti-inflammatory effects, what else can caryophyllene do?
There's been some research implicating caryophyllene in aiding in the healing process of duodenal ulcers.
Some research has demonstrated anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects as well.
And, there has been neuro-protective effects found when trialed in mice with nerve pain relieving effects.
That's all for now regarding caryophyllene.
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