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What is Caryophyllene? Does it Actually Do Anything?

What is Caryophyllene? 

Caryophyllene is a spicy terpene (aromatic plant compound). It is notable for causing the sharpness in herbs like pepper, cinnamon, oregano, basil, and more. Also known as beta-caryophyllene or BCP, it can be found in oils such as rosemary and clove.

Does it Actually Do Anything?

Our body has something called an endocannabinoid system that has an extensive expression of receptors located throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems. CB1 and CB2 are two major receptors with CB1 in the brain and central nervous system and CB2 located primarily in the peripheral organs. When a THC cannabinoid enters our body it binds to CB1 producing a euphoric cerebral effect. Caryophyllene alone, unlike THC, binds to CB2 which does not cause any feelings of euphoria as associated with cannabis. When caryophyllene enters the body, it activates CB2 benefits.

Caryophyllene Effects

Caryophyllene Effects 

Beta caryophyllene benefits include reducing inflammation and its effects as well as antimicrobial and neuroprotective components.  Caryophyllene reduces inflammation, which means it reduces inflammatory effects from symptoms of PCOS, arthritis, inflammatory bowel syndrome, lupus, and other autoimmune disorders. It also can decrease obesity, heart disease, depression, cancer, and more. Reducing inflammation can also help maintain blood sugar levels, cholesterol, and triglyceride. Caryophyllene is also antimicrobial which kills or slows down the spread of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, or fungi. It is also neuroprotective, which means that the CB2 receptors receive protection from neuron death or injury when activated by caryophyllene.

 

Beta Caryophyllene Benefits

How does caryophyllene make you feel?  Since BCP reduces inflammation, your body benefits with an elevated mood and reduces anxiety. It can also relax you enough to help you sleep. Is caryophyllene a sedative? Due to it’s calming abilities, caryophyllene does have sedative effects. You may not be bed-locked, but you will relax enough to calm your mind in order to achieve a good night’s rest. 

Beta Caryophyllene Benefits

Since caryophyllene alone does not contain any compounds that allow psychoactive traits of sativa or deep physical relaxation of indica, you might wonder which items you should explore today. Here is a list of some Kushfly products that include caryophyllene so that you can reap its benefits.

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What is Caryophyllene? Does it Actually Do Anything?

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