BY MICHELLE ANN RIZZIO
My favorite terpene is the ultra spicy beta-caryophyllene. Beta-caryophyllene is a terpene that has a sharp spicy nose commonly associated with clove, hops, and rosemary. It gives off a nose similar to black pepper and has specific medicinal benefits such as reducing inflammation, protecting the vascular system and gut, being anti-microbial, reducing depression and anxiety, and most importantly relieving pain. For a person who has constant inflammation, beta-caryophyllene may be the solution.
Beta-caryophyllene reduces inflammation by stimulating the CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system, and increases natural endorphins. Amazingly this stimulation of the CB2 receptor can calm the digestive tract, and even protect the brain from disease. Beta-caryophyllene’s propensity for aiding in relieving neuropathic pain and neurodegenerative diseases makes this a must for anyone living with chronic pain. Other plants also contain beta-caryophyllene such as cinnamon bark, arugula, blood oranges, celery, elderberries, nutmeg, and fennel.
Anxiety and depression can also be resolved with the terpene beta-caryophyllene. This allows users of cannabis to calm their mind and find a state of peace during their session. In my experience, finding a sativa strain high in beta-caryophyllene can really assist in calming social anxiety during the day. It can really help racing thoughts that might be more common when using a sativa cannabis strain. This can allow you to have more energy and motivation throughout the day without the common mind altering feelings.
As of July 1st, all cannabis products on the market will need to have their terpene profiles tested. This allows for the terpene focus to really come into the forefront of the legal cannabis market in California. It also makes it easier to learn which strains are high in the terpene you need. In the meantime some classic strains that are high in beta-caryophyllene include Girl Scout Cookies, Purple Punch, Wedding Cake, and Lemon G. Beta-caryophyllene is found in both sativa and indica strains. A good time to utilize an indica strain high in beta-caryophyllene would be when you are experiencing inflammation and pain, and are in a space where you can relax and rest your body.
Next time you are looking for a pain relieving or anxiety diminishing cannabis strain, try a beta-caryophyllene rich strain to receive the experience you are looking for. Be sure to ask your cannabis consultant at your favorite dispensary what strains they have with this terpene, every shop is different so be sure to explore various brands to see what works for you.