This unique terpene is one of our favorite here at Elevation Terpenes!
It is found in a wide variety of herbs,fruits and food products. Most commonly it is seen in Clove oil, but it is also seen in cinnamon, rosemary and black pepper. β-caryophyllene is also found in significant quantities in C.sativa/indica and has been shown to contribute to the "entourage effect."
The odor of β-caryophyllene has been described as sweet, woody-spice, clove, dry. It has a pleasant odor without being overwhelming.
What is most interesting regarding this terpene, is the receptor that it activates inside the body. The endocannabinoid system our body has two primary receptors(CB1 and CB2). The CB1 receptors are found in the brain and responsible for the intoxicating effects of C.sativa/indica. CB2 receptors are found in immune cells, and the nervous system.
Evidence shows that because β-caryophyllene binds very strongly to CB2 receptors, it directly affects nerve cells, helping to potentially modulate pain signals. Several studies looking at the affect of β-caryophyllene on pain in animal models, showed the terpene was able to powerfully decrease neuropathic pain.
This makes β-caryophyllene an attractive terpene for patients looking to explore treatments for pain conditions.
While there is still much to learn about these plants and their associated terpenes, here at Elevation Terpenes, we are excited to see what research will show us i the future about the benefits of β-caryophyllene.