trans-Caryophyllene (sometimes confused with Humulene, which is an isomer of β-caryophyllene) falls under the broad sesquiterpene umbrella of terpenes which are known to carry a variety of benefits including antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. However, each terpene that fits into the sesquiterpene category develops its own unique profile of benefits, flavors, and fragrances, so it’s worth taking a closer look at trans-caryophyllene to learn how it may aid in your wellness efforts.

Other sesquiterpenes you will find among our various strains, and which are examined in greater detail under their own Terpene Talk pages, are the following:

Where You Can Find trans-Caryophyllene

When it comes to finding trans-caryophyllene, there are a variety of herbal plants and fruits in which it resides, including:

  • Basil
  • Black Caraway
  • Black Pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Hops
  • Oregano
  • Ylang Ylang

What trans-Caryophyllene Smells and Tastes Like

There are plenty of fragrances that benefit from the trans-caryophyllene terpene; in fact, that fresh, sharp smell that rises from cracked pepper has trans-caryophyllene wafting in the air. You will notice that most of the flavors and fragrances attributed to trans-caryophyllene are not at all subtle:

  • Peppery
  • Spicy
  • Sweet
  • Woodsy

Beneficial Properties Found in trans-Caryophyllene

As with all terpenes currently under examination, more benefits are certain to be uncovered over time; meanwhile, no one can overlook or ignore the beneficial properties offered by trans-caryophyllene, including:

  • Antibacterial – with larger populations and more crowded cities, managing rogue bacteria remains a constant challenge
  • Anti-Inflammatory – dealing with swelling gets so much easier when trans-caryophyllene jumps into the game
  • Antimicrobial – microbes seem to be everywhere, but when those tiny critters turn nasty, trans-caryophyllene may be just the treatment they don’t want
  • Antioxidant – skin stays younger and skin remains less wrinkled when using antioxidants
  • Anxiety Relief – a dash of relief from anxiety matters a lot, whether it is a chronic sufferer or those hit with infrequent anxiety attacks
  • Cholesterol Reduction – any trick that can drop cholesterol levels is one you should know and use and trans-caryophyllene may be just the right trick
  • Osteoporosis Prevention – osteoporosis is a condition where bones are weakened through a reduction of mass over time; trans-caryophyllene could be a valuable aid
  • Seizure Management – although a rare situation for most people, those dealing with seizures are grateful for any relief they can find

If you are impressed by the list of possible benefits that trans-caryophyllene can deliver, you’re not alone. Also, remember that this terpene, used in tandem with other terpenes and valuable cannabinoids can do wonders for all kinds of conditions. 

Fern Valley Farms Flower Strains with trans-Caryophyllene

If you’re sold on the value of including trans-caryophyllene in your wellness plan, then let us help you get off and running with the right flower strains which include it (we’ll even tell you how much is in each strain!) in their terpene profile. For easier reference, use this groovy reference chart which lists those strains of trans-caryophyllene (in descending order of mg per gram):

Want to learn about more terpenes? Visit our main Terpene Talk page, where you will find a list of individual Terpene Talks at the bottom of the page.