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What is the Terpene β-CARYOPHYLLENE?

What is a β-CARYOPHYLLENE Terpenoid?

Are you familiar with the scent and flavor of pepper cloves, oregano, black caraway, cinnamon, rosemary, or basil? These spices can all attribute part of their aromatic profile to one of the most common cannabis terpenes, b-Caryophyllene.

If you are a cannabis grower, you’re most certainly familiar with this terpene, because the amount of beta-caryophyllene can sometimes contribute more than 25% of a cannabis strain‘s total terpene profile. But why should you be familiar with it as a consumer? B-caryophyllene has a positive effect on anxiety/stress, is a pain reliever, and can be helpful to relieve symptoms of a variety of other diseases.

B-caryophyllene is also one of the compounds found in cannabis other than THC and CBD that directly interacts with the human endocannabinoid receptors known as CB1 and CB2.

Effects of B-caryophyllene

According to scientific studies, b-caryophyllene (aka “BCP”) can serve as a pain reliever due to inflammation reduction – so cannabis strains with this terpene are known to have enhanced pain-relieving effects. A 2014 paper published within the journal Neuropsychopharmacology examined the painkilling effects of BCP in mice. Scientists found that mice injected with b-caryophyllene experienced less inflammatory pain than those with a control solution.

B-caryophyllene is also useful in reducing anxiety and stress. These two neurological conditions are inevitable to happen to us all, and this terpene is part of why so many people find anxiety relief from THC and CBD products. Unlike THC, BCP only activates the CB2 receptor (not CB1), so humans can experience these benefits without the psychoactive component (getting high).

Moreover, if you are a CBD user, you might wonder how much b-caryophyllene is present in CBD oil. It typically relies heavily on cannabis strain – if the plant has a high amount of the terpene, so will the extract. Here are the TribeTokes CBD Vape Strains that contain B-caryophyllene:

B-caryophyllene and CBD


Combining BCP and CBD is especially powerful given that both pack a punch with lower inflammation and anxiety. When terpenes and cannabinoids are combined, this can result in what we call the “entourage effect,” where the therapeutic benefits to the consumer are enhanced by taking everything together, rather than consuming CBD alone or a terpene alone. One reason for this is that a terpene such as BCP and CBD might both reduce inflammation and pain, but do so in different ways, so you are attacking the issue on multiple fronts. Overall, b-caryophyllene is a potent compound with the potential to help people with pain and anxiety, especially when combined with CBD.

PS: If you are interested in selling terpenes and cannabinoids through your business, feel free to reach out to our wholesale team to request a catalog!


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