Uplifting and energizing. Calming and centering. Warm and fuzzy. Scent can make us feel a variety of ways and is an essential part of the sensory experiences we enjoy every day.
It turns out that terpenes are behind many of the aromas we encounter and while these molecules may invoke certain emotions, they also factor in how cannabis affects you (in addition to providing the rich flavor and perfume).
In this terpene spotlight edition, we explore beta-caryophyllene, a fascinating and abundant terp known for its spicy notes. One of the most common cannabis terpenes, beta-caryophyllene behaves a bit differently in the way it affects the human body (but more on that later!).
As one of the main cannabis terpenes, beta-caryophyllene is well-loved among the cannabis community. Also found in black pepper, cinnamon, and cloves, this terp is tantalizingly zesty and musky.
It also has the distinction of being the only terpene to also behave like a cannabinoid, the active ingredients (such as THC or CBD) within the cannabis plant. Beta-caryophyllene interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system, binding to CB2 receptors thanks to its unique molecular structure.
The extraordinary abilities of this terp make it especially useful for medicinal patients. If you’re searching for relief from inflammation, chronic pain, or insomnia, beta-caryophyllene may be the terpene for you.
Many cannabis cultivars (AKA strains) contain a robust amount of beta-caryophyllene, including many gas-forward hybrids. This includes Girl Scout Cookies (GSC) and its crosses, Sour Diesel, and Original Glue.
Since beta-caryophyllene is such a potent anti-inflammatory, it’s often found in cannabis topicals. Make sure to ask your friendly neighborhood budtender about your terpene preferences prior to making a purchase!
Terpenes like beta-caryophyllene play a crucial role in how the cannabis plant affects you. With potency and overall experience at stake, it’s imperative to prevent these compounds from being lost.
Headspace air in cannabis containers puts terpenes at risk of evaporation and once they’re gone, they’re gone for good. The only way to protect them is by using Boveda, the Original Terpene Shield. The natural saturated saltwater solution within its leakproof, semipermeable membrane creates a monolayer of pure water molecules around cannabis trichomes. These milky crystals contain the majority of the plant’s terpenes and cannabinoids. Once the monolayer is formed, it shields cannabis from damage until the bud is ground for consumption.
Terpenes do more than just enliven the senses — they also can make a real difference in how we feel. Preserve terps like beta-caryophyllene and retain potency by always storing cannabis with the original terpene shield by Boveda.
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