Terpenes and Cannabis: β- Caryophyllene
Understanding all the benefits of cannabis can look like an alien language when you start getting into the world of terpenes. We know that cannabis has been used to get high, or intoxicated, but is that really the only reason that people are using the plant? While some look at it as a temptress of the devil’s lettuce put on this Earth to cause Reefer Madness, others can see the health benefits clearly. Using this plant may have been thought of as self-medicating in past societies, but now we are really jumping into the understanding that it is an actual medicine that can be comparable to mood-stabilizers, anti-depressant, and anti-anxiety medications that are put out by Big Pharma. Terpenes and the study of understanding the medicinal purposes can lead us down a road to better ways to care for citizens in the future.
So what is a terpene?
Terpenes are organic compounds that are created by plants and some insects, that serve a very important purpose. They produce a strong odor that can protect plants, and deter pests and herbivores from taking over your plants. We have a strong belief that the combination of terpenes in our specific cultivars, Oregon Wine, and That TOM, have such a combination of terpenes that they help in keeping pest control in place. We have never had a bug problem, and this may be due to terpenes!
Terpenes are found in the essential oils of plants. Essential oils have proven to aid medicinally, and have been extracted from plants for years to help with several ailments. The concentrated essential oils have been aiding since the dawn of time, and can be depended on to steer clear of Western Medicine that may be doing more harm than help. Cannabis is high in terpenes, and each plant is laden with different terpenes for different uses. Although cannabis is high in terpenes, the terpenes themselves are non-psychoactive, but do play a part in the Entourage Effect when paired with the psychoactive part of the plant.
Read about Terpenes and The entourage Effect here: https://medium.com/@beemillz/cannabis-terpenes-and-the-entourage-effect-854f3ceccc1d
After testing was completed on Oregon Wine, we recognized that it tested highest in β-caryophyllene. This terpene is best known for being a potent anti-inflammatory that aids in pain relief. It has also been known to treat anxiety, seizures, and reduce cholesterol. Although it is non-psychoactive, it is a functional cannabinoid receptor type-2 (CB2). It has most been studied for it’s uses of anti-inflammatory properties, and was successful in a 2018 study of rats with arthritis, showing to have reduced swelling. A 2013 study has shown pain relief among rats after being treated with essential oils that contained β-caryophyllene. It has also been known to aid in sleep.
β-caryophyllene has also been known to play a substantial part in reduction of anxiety and depression. A 2014 study showed that it played a notable part in therapeutic effects on anxiety and depression, and is among one of few terpenes known for this. It is being used for future studies in mood stabilizers.
It is known to have a spice scent. The terpene plays a large part in the aroma of black pepper, along with other scents such as clove or cinnamon. They usually have an undetermined scent that seems confusing, while tickling your nose hairs in a similar fashion to taking a big whiff of the spices alone. It is also widely found in hops used for brewing beer. Not only is it used to flavor and scent, but has a preservative property for stabilization of the hearty drink.
Β-Caryophyllene is currently being studied for properties used for anti-cancer, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties. It is also being studied for aiding in reduction of diabetes. There my be potential for medicinal properties in regards to aid of dealing with Parkinson’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Cultivars high in β-caryophyllene
Oregon Wine Bubba Kush OG Kush Chemdawg
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