If you visit our blog with any regularity—or you’re a cannabis fan!—you’re probably intimately familiar with cannabinoids, the compounds such as THC and CBD, the major cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. They interact with the Endocannabinoid System, a regulatory network that’s gaining recognition as one of the body’s most vital systems, to impart a whole range of beneficial effects on our wellbeing.
But impactful though they are, cannabinoids aren’t the end of the story. The cannabis plant also harbors a stunning variety of terpenes, the fragrant hydrocarbons—or “essential oils”—that give specific strains of cannabis their distinctive aromas and flavors. And research indicates that the benefits of terpenes don’t end there. They may impart a whole host of possible medicinal properties.
The terpene we’re focusing on today—caryophyllene—is associated with some surprisingly powerful effects. We’ll share a bit of what is currently known about this powerful terpene, along with some forecasts on what future research on caryophyllene may reveal.