Meet Pinene & Caryophyllene
Every cannabis strain in the world contains naturally occurring oils known as terpenes. With over 100 total terpenes found in cannabis and other planets and herbs, there’s much to still be learned about these powerful oils.
Terpenes are extremely important for influencing your cannabis experience, because each strain’s unique and pleasing fragrance comes directly from the terpenes it includes. Not only that, but terpenes also have promising potential health benefits that researchers are just starting to fully understand.
With that in mind, this week’s post will highlight two common terpenes found in a range of cannabis strains— pinene and caryophyllene.
Effects of Pinene
Pinene is found in a wide range of cannabis strains, and (no surprise) it’s known for its pine-y, alpine scent. This refreshing aroma has made pinene one of the most popular terpenes among cannabis users. And while it’s not the most common terpene found in cannabis, it is the most common terpene found in nature generally— everywhere from pine needles to basil and rosemary.
Pinene is believed to offer benefits that include treatment for inflammation, relief for constricted airways to improve breathing capability, reduced anxiety, and even pain relief. Some research even seems to suggest that pinene can be paired with THC to help reduce the short-term memory impairment that can sometimes be brought on by THC.
Effects of Caryophyllene
Caryophyllene not only appears in popular cannabis strains, it’s also present in cloves, black pepper, cinnamon, and a range of other species.
Interestingly, caryophyllene isn’t just a terpene— it’s also a cannabinoid. This dual role means that caryophyllene can actually pair with your body’s endocannabinoid system like THC or CBD does.
Thanks to being both a terpene and cannabinoid, caryophyllene is capable of helping reduce inflammation, serving as an antioxidant, treating bowel disease in some patients, and helping reduce stress on our genes. There’s even early research that suggests that caryophyllene could someday be used to help prolong human life.
Products with Pinene or Caryophyllene
Want to experience Pinene & Caryophyllene for yourself?
Here are some of our favorites currently available at the Farmacy.
Thanks for learning along with us!
Be sure to check in next week, when we discuss two more awesome terpenes— Ocimene, Linalool, and Bisabolol