Know Your Terpenes – Beta Caryophyllene

Beta Caryophyllene

Beta Caryophyllene is a distinctively spicy-sweet terpene with a woody, clove-like aroma. Hash Plant is an example of a cannabis strain particularly high in Beta Caryophyllene. Isolated Beta Caryophyllene can be naturally sourced from black pepper (Piper nigrum), black caraway (Nigella sativa), cloves (Syzygium aromaticum), hops (Humulus lupulus), basil (Ocimum basilicum), and oregano (Origanum vulgare). Beta Caryophyllene is a particularly notable terpene due to its title as the only phytocannabinoid outside of the cannabis genus. This allows Beta Caryophyllene to suppresses pain through the binding and activation of cannabinoid receptors. In other words, it is a terpene that emulates the behavior of a cannabinoid. Studies have suggested that oral administration of Beta Caryophyllene may reduce both pain and inflammation without forming a tolerance to its analgesic effect. This makes Beta Caryophyllene a potentially effective option for those affected by long-term, highly debilitating pain. As an additional benefit, Beta Caryophyllene is anti-microbial, killing both bacteria and fungus.

Type of Terpene: Sesquiterpene

CAS: 87-44-5
FEMA: 2252
Formula: C15H24
Molecular Mass: 204.35 g/mol
LD50: Rat – >5,000mg/kg
Sources: Black Caraway, Cloves, Hops, Basil, Oregano, Black Pepper, West African Pepper, Lavender, Rosemary, Cinnamomum, Malabathrum, Cananga Odorata, Copaiba Oil
Storage: 2 – 8 C, proper ventilation, spark proof environment

Relative Density: 0.901 g/mL
Boiling Point: 129 C
Flash Point: 96 C


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