Summary: Some like it spicy! Grab your nearest bud and take a big whiff. If it has a spicy, peppery smell that hits the nose just right –  it’s probably caryophyllene. 

However, this popular terpene has more going for it than its unique spicy smell, it is actually one of the only terpenes to up the ante and activates our endocannabinoid system, giving those spicy strains a cozy quality according to many of its fans. 

Think of that the next time you smoke. Most strains will usually have some caryophyllene in them!

the 411

Caryophyllene Fun Facts
Flavors and Aroma
  • Caryophyllene is highly concentrated in pepper
  • Chewing peppercorns may produce calming effects
  • Caryophyllene is often found in foods that may reduce inflammation
  • Peppery
  • Spicy
  • Earthy
May Improve
May Reduce
  • Mood
  • Relaxation
  • Immune System Response
  • Inflammation & Pain
  • Restlessness
  • Stress
  • What Should I Ask For?
    What Should I Buy?
    Ask your budtenders for strains that smell like:
    • Pepper
    • Spices
    • Musk
    • Products with a strong peppery aroma
    • Look for a lab report with the percentage of caryophyllene listed in the top three terpenes

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