So far we have discussed several different terpenes including Limonene, Cineole and Delta 3 Carene but it doesn’t stop there! In fact, there are hundreds of different kinds of these aromatic components that exist within cannabis plants. The next terpene in our series is Beta Caryophyllene, which is sometimes referred to as the “cancer fighting terpene”.
Lesson in Beta Caryophyllene
Beta Caryophyllene is found not only in cannabis, but also in hops, black pepper and even rosemary. This terpene works similar to CBD in that it only targets the CB2 receptors, and therefore does not produce a psychoactive component.
Benefits of Beta Caryophyllene
Often touted as a “cancer fighting terpene”, Beta Caryophyllene is a powerful component that has dozens of amazing benefits!
1. May Prevent Cancer
The first, as mentioned, is that Beta Caryophyllene can help inhibit tumor growth when used in conjunction with a high fat diet. It is also believed, if oxidized, that Beta Caryophyllene can not only inhibit growth of cancer cells but also induce self-destruction of those cells.
2. Improves Metabolism and Mitochondrial Function
Mitochondria, as you may remember from High School science, is the powerhouse of the cell – meaning it helps to manage many functions at a cellular level. Beta Caryophyllene has been shown to help improve these functions to produce results including increased longevity, improved metabolism and stress management. This is particularly beneficial to individuals that suffer from anxiety or chronic stress, as proven in 2014 study.
3. Protects Against Neurodegeneration
Another impressive quality of Beta Caryophyllene is its ability to protect against neurodegeneration. One of the ways that this is possible is the potent anti-inflammatory properties of this terpene, which help to reduce neuroinflammation and relieve stress on the cells, therefore reducing oxidative stress, which can break down cell structure. This is particularly beneficial to individuals suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis or age-related illness such as Alzheimer’s. In addition, it can help reduce leaky blood-brain barrier, which can occur after a stroke.
4. Reduces Pain
Reducing pain is a common benefit with many cannabis compounds, such as THC, CBD and other terpenes. Beta Caryophyllene is no different being a potent anti-inflammatory agent itself! This is a great benefit for individuals suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and arthritis or pain from injury.
Strains High In Beta Caryophyllene
While THC and CBD are responsible for producing several key benefits, and regulating the absorption of cannabinoids into the endocannabinoid system, terpenes also provide many benefits. This helps consumers to choose the most ideal strain depending on what result you are looking for – whether it is pain relief, inflammation reduction or even to help reduce tumor growth.
The benefits of Beta Caryophyllene are vast, and there are a few strains that are known to have a higher amount of this terpene including:
OG Kush is a Sativa-dominant hybrid that produces balanced effects. This strain can be a hard-hitter that combines extreme happiness and euphoria with powerful physical relaxation. As a result, OG Kush is ideal for managing stress and anxiety and is commonly used to treat Alzheimer’s Disease, depression, bipolar disorder and chronic pain.
Bubba Kush is pure Indica strain that produces an potent body high that will leave you couch locked. With an earthy and sweet taste and piney scent, this strain will help to wash your stress away. It is praised for being able to alleviate insomnia, depression, stress and/or ADD/ADHD.
A near-even hybrid, Chemdawg delivers on both cerebral and physical fronts. The clear cerebral high helps promote creativity alongside a sleepy body high that battles insomnia and helps to relax tense muscles. This strain has a spicy and piney taste that helps melt anxiety and pain. This strain helps to produce Sour Diesel, which is also high in Beta Caryophyllene.
Rockstar is an Indica-dominant hybrid (not to be confused with Rockstar OG or Rockstar Kush). This is the parent of the Rockstar strains and boasts moderate THC content that can help with improving mood and relaxing the body – without leaving you sedated. This strain is favored for insomnia as well as managing muscle spasms and tremors.
Skywalker OG is an 85% Indica-dominant strain that has THC levels that can reach up to 25%. A spicy, herbal scent is combined with a diesel taste in this strain to produce a very heavy high that leaves users relaxed and couch locked with a pleasant euphoria and strong case of the munchies!