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.