Caryophyllene Oxide

Definition - What does Caryophyllene Oxide mean?

Caryophyllene oxide is one of the terpenes found in cannabis. It is also one of the major terpenes found in cloves, basil, hops, pepper, and rosemary.

The terpene not only plays an important role in creating the telltale smell and taste of certain plants, but it also has the capability of binding with the human body’s endocrine CB2 receptors. It is believed to be the only terpene in cannabis that has the ability to successfully bind with CB2. This unique skill is believed to make it highly beneficial for medicinal uses such as an anti-inflammatory, local anesthetic, antioxidant, and perhaps in cancer treatment.

Caryophyllene oxide is part of the cyclobutane ring, which has already been used by medical researchers to create the widely used chemotherapy drug carboplatin.

Hydrolife explains Caryophyllene Oxide

In the plant world, terpenes such as caryophyllene oxide play a key role in the plant’s life. Terpenes create a plant’s telltale smell and taste, which are believed to deter herbivore and insect consumption.

In cannabis, caryophyllene oxide is a sesquiterpene and is made of three isoprene units; this makes it one of the largest and most abundant terpenes in the cannabis plant. It is also the key terpene that gives cannabis a very distinctive aroma that is quickly detected by drug-sniffing dogs.

In addition to giving the cannabis plant its scent and flavor, caryophyllene oxide also serves as a natural insecticide and anti-fungal to further protect the plant.

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