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Caryophyllene Terpene: What is Caryophyllene?

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Terpenes are tiny powerhouses, and the caryophyllene terpene is no exception. In this guide, we’ll explain:

  • What is Caryophyllene?
  • What is Caryophyllene Good For?
  • What Does Caryophyllene Smell and Taste Like?
  • Where Can You Find Caryophyllene?
  • What Strains are Heavy in Caryophyllene?

Not sure what a terpene is? Our terpenes guide has you covered.

What is Caryophyllene?

Caryophyllene, or β-Caryophyllene, beta-caryophyllene, or BCP, is one of the most common terpenes found in cannabis and a variety of other plants. It’s unique because it can act as a cannabinoid without actually being a cannabinoid. Caryophyllene is thought to be the only terpene that is able to do this, binding to the CB2 receptor in the body’s Endocannabinoid System.

You might also wonder if caryophyllene is a sativa? Caryophyllene is a terpene, so it can’t be a sativa or an indica. But it can be found in both indica and sativa strains, and there are plenty of hybrid strains that have high levels of caryophyllene.

Learn the difference between indica and sativa strains.

What is Caryophyllene Good For?

The thing about the caryophyllene terpene is that it exists in more than just cannabis plants. Cooking essentials like cinnamon and black pepper can contain caryophyllene, and like the humulene terpene, it can also be found in hops.

What Does Caryophyllene Smell and Taste Like?

This unique terpene is found in different herbs and spices, so it’s probably no surprise that it has a spicy flavor to it when smoked or vaped. Of course, when combined with other terpenes and cannabinoids, it’s possible that you won’t even notice the flavor, so don’t let its spiciness turn you away. As for the smell, caryophyllene has a strong, woodsy odor that contributes to the same aroma that gives black pepper its distinctive smell. 

Where Can You Find Caryophyllene?

If you love cooking, it’ll be easy to find caryophyllene. It’s commonly found in rosemary, cloves, hops, black pepper, oregano, cinnamon, basil, lavender, and plenty of other plants. It’s also available in certain strains of marijuana.

What Strains Are Heavy In Caryophyllene?

There are many types of caryophyllene-rich marijuana strains on the market today. These strains include:

  • Green Lantern: Though its origin story is a little less clear than its superhero counterpart, the Green Lantern sativa strain is rich in terpenes, including caryophyllene.
  • 9 Pound Hammer or 9 LB Hammer: This indica strain crosses Gooberry, Hells OG and Jack the Ripper to create a terpene-rich profile that includes caryophyllene, myrcene, and pinene.
  • Black Cherry Maduro: Combine Black Cherry Soda with Black Maduro and you get Black Cherry Maduro, an indica strain known for its great flavor.
  • Stardawg 91: This indica strain has powerful genetics: It’s made from a cross of Stardawg and Chemdog 91. Its flavor and aroma is unique and most closely related to diesel fuel.
  • Confidential Cookies: Sweet meets sour in this indica strain that combines Confidential Cheese with Dream Cookie.
  • Calyx OG: A 50/50 hybrid strain created from a cross of Platinum Calyx and True OG, this potent flower offers almost 1% caryophyllene.
  • Wabanaki: Wabanaki, which gently translates to People of the First Light, represents a First Nations alliance of five Algonquian-speaking nations in Canada. It’s a sativa with high levels of caryophyllene.
  • White Widow: This balanced hybrid is covered in white crystals and packed with powerful terpenes, including caryophyllene.
  • Girl Scout Cookies or GSC: Girl Scout Cookies is an award-winning hybrid flower bud for a reason—it both tastes and smells like dessert and features THC levels of 19% in addition to a rich terpene profile.
  • Bubba Kush or BK, Bubba, or Bubba OG Kush: While it’s unclear where this indica strain originated, it has a distinctive bud with hues ranging from deep rich greens to pastel purple.
  • Chemdog or Chemdawg: Popular among cannabis consumers, this hybrid strain boasts diesel fuel-like aromas and a rich caryophyllene profile.

If you’re interested in caryophyllene, these strains are a great start to see if this terpene has the effect you’re looking for.

Should You Try Caryophyllene-Rich Cannabis Products?

When it comes to any cannabis product, whether it has caryophyllene or not, it comes down to choice. And only you know if you want to experience this unique terpene. If you’re still unsure, visit a dispensary near you, and our cannabis expert can speak more in-depth about all of our marijuana products.

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