Le Caryophyllène : Une molécule aux propriétés étonnantes

Caryophyllene: A molecule with astonishing properties | House Sativa

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1. Introduction: What is Caryophyllene?

Caryophyllene, more specifically β-caryophyllene, is a terpene found in many plants, including black pepper, cloves and, of course, cannabis. It stands out from other terpenes because it is also considered a cannabinoid: it can interact directly with the body's endocannabinoid system, in particular with the CB2 receptor .

beta-caryophyllene present in pepper and cannabis

2. The role of Caryophyllene in plants

In plants, terpenes, including Caryophyllene, play an essential role. They are often responsible for the distinctive aromas and flavors of plants. But their role is not limited to the olfactory domain. Indeed, terpenes also act as defense mechanisms against herbivores and as an agent to attract pollinators. Caryophyllene, with its spicy and woody scent, has a repelling effect on certain harmful insects.

Protective role of terpenes in plants

3. Caryophyllene in Cannabis

Cannabis contains a diverse range of terpenes, and among them, Caryophyllene holds an important place. In fact, some cannabis strains are particularly rich in Caryophyllene, contributing to their distinctive flavor profile. The strains richest in Caryophyllene are Mimosa and Guava Ice .

4. The physiological benefits of β-caryophyllene in humans

In humans, β-caryophyllene is recognized for its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, largely due to its ability to interact with CB2 receptors. These receptors are found primarily in the immune system and, when activated, can reduce inflammation and pain . In addition, unlike other cannabinoids such as THC, Caryophyllene does not have a psychotropic effect, which makes it an interesting molecule for many therapeutic applications.

5. The importance of Caryophyllene in the entourage effect

The entourage effect refers to the idea that cannabis compounds, when taken together, produce a greater therapeutic effect than when consumed separately. Caryophyllene, thanks to its interaction with CB2 receptors, plays an essential role in this synergistic effect, by potentiating the properties of other cannabinoids and terpenes.

entourage effect

6. Flowers and products rich in β-caryophyllene

Certain flowers, such as Mimosa and Guava Ice , are known for their high β-caryophyllene content. Additionally, for those looking to reap the benefits of Caryophyllene without consuming cannabis, our ANTALIVA oil is a recommended option. Rich in CBD, Myrcene and β-caryophyllene, it has been specially formulated to help fight pain.


β-Caryophyllene is a fascinating molecule that offers a range of benefits to both plants and humans. With a growing understanding of its role and benefits, it is clear that this molecule continues to offer new opportunities in the world of chemistry, biology and therapeutics.

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