The Spice of Life
Somewhere along the line, caryophyllene, well known to peppercorns and cloves, wanted to grow up and become a cannabinoid just like THC or CBD. Stuck as a terpene, caryophyllene was determined to be different, and so like all good happy-ever-after tales it found a way. Caryophyllene is the only terpene that can activate the endocannabinoid system and bind to CB2 receptors.
CB2 receptors are found in peripheral organs and immune cells. By activating these receptors, caryophyllene is showing some very enticing scientific results cannabis users would do well to know for a happy end to their own smoking session.
By inhaling or ingesting strains high with caryophyllene, the CB2 activators are literally turned from off to on; and as part of the immune system, the receptors help maintain homeostasis in particular in regards to inflammation. Inflammation plagues humanity from so many sources: opioid overdoses, strokes, osteoporosis, and other autoimmune diseases.
Once caryophyllene turns the system on, the body’s own immune system can act upon the inflammation. Even without a disease or condition, the physical daily toil leaves muscles and tendons beat up. The soothing quality of caryophyllene might be just what is called for even if we aren’t doctors.