- TERPENE GUIDE -
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Beta-Caryophyllene, which we will refer to as Caryophyllene, is naturally present in many herbs and spices like black pepper, basil, and oregano. In cannabis strains, it provides a spicy, warm, peppery aroma much like cinnamon and cloves. Caryophyllene is the main aromatic component of copaiba balsam, an essential oil that has been popular in South America for years as an oral and topical anti-inflammatory agent. It is a selective full agonist at CB2 receptors, meaning Caryophyllene has very strong binding activity at CB2 receptors only. Caryophyllene is the only terpene known to demonstrate this type of bonding relationship at EC receptors and it is the mechanism behind Caryophyllene’s ability to ameliorate symptoms of anxiety, depression, pain and inflammation. Its activity at CB2 receptors also allows Caryophyllene to serve as a gastroprotective agent, protecting the mucus layer in the stomach without affecting stomach acid production. Caryophyllene consumption has proved to have a neuroprotective effect against disorders of the nervous system such as alcoholism and Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have shown Caryophyllene to be an anti-histamine as well as have activity against Malaria.
Higher Grade strains with a relatively high percentage of Myrcene: Animal Mints