Talkin’ terps: Meet the spicy Beta-Caryophyllene

Talkin’ terps: Meet the spicy Beta-Caryophyllene

Beta-Caryophyllene is a bit of a rebel in the terpene world. While most other terps are out there binding to the CB1 receptors in your brain and nervous system, Beta-Caryophyllene (BCP for short) prefers to roll with the CB2 crowd in your peripheral system. It’s not here to give you a heady high, it cares only about making sure your joints feel lubed and your body feels grooved. In fact, it’s the only known terpene with the power to directly activate a cannabinoid receptor on its own.

BCP is a pain reliever, anxiety treater and inflammation reducer. It’s also been found to reduce alcohol dependency in some studies, opening the pathway for this terp as a natural addiction treatment. Its anti-inflammatory capabilities show big promise in the science of anti-aging as well, since brain inflammation is a precursor to cognitive impairments.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this feel-good terpene is also naturally found in most ingredients you’d put on a pizza. Beta-Caryophyllene has a spicy kick to its taste and scent, and it’s a key component of hops, black pepper, oregano, rosemary, basil and cinnamon. In cannabis strains that have a high level of BCP, you can expect an herbaceous kick that wakes you up before mellowing you out. 

Interested in trying the benefits of Beta-Caryophyllene for yourself? Talk to our cannabis advocates in Sun City and Tempe to get fitted with the best strains for you.

Caryophyllene features:

The only terpene that can bind to a cannabinoid receptor by itself


Dry, sweet, spicy, woody

Also found in:

Black pepper, oregano, cloves, basil, rosemary

Observed benefits:

Anti-inflammatory, Analgesic, Antibacterial, Antidepressant, Antioxidant

Notable sample strains:

501st OG, Monster Cookies, Sour Cherries, Z Cube

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