What Can Weed Do For Pain?

Topical Cannabis Relief

Body pain is one of the most common ailments people face. What if we told you to put down the ibuprofen and painkillers because cannabis, pot, weed, marijuana, flower, ganja or whatever you may call it, can help alleviate that pain naturally? We’ve all heard the phrase “there’s an app for that,” well, with cannabis, there is a “Terpene” for that. Here at Leafology dispensary in Westchester, NY, we carry a variety of cannabis strains and concentrates that are rich in a terpene called beta-caryophyllene, such as OG Kush, Girl Scout Cookies, Skywalker OG, Sour Diesel, and Gelato. As a licensed dispensary in White Plains, we feel it is extremely important to help educate our wonderful customers, so please continue reading below to learn about beta-caryophyllene.

Beta-caryophyllene (BCP), also known as the “pepper terpene,” is a chemical found in cannabis strains. It contributes to a warm, woody, and spicy aroma similar to black pepper and cloves. However, beta-caryophyllene is more complex than other terpenes and bridges cannabinoids and other compounds in the cannabis plant. It is one of the most abundant terpenes in cannabis and is also present in various other plants, including fruits, vegetables, herbs, and spices.


Here are some key points about beta-caryophyllene:

  • Aroma: BCP has an earthy, spicy, or woody smell, distinct enough that drug-sniffing dogs are trained to detect a version of it when looking for cannabis.
  •  Interaction with the Endocannabinoid System: Unlike most other terpenes, beta-caryophyllene directly activates the CB2 receptor in the endocannabinoid system. CB2 receptors are primarily located within the immune system, gastrointestinal tract, brain, and other organs. Activating CB2 tends to have a broad anti-inflammatory effect.
  •  Non-Psychoactive: B-caryophyllene is a CB2-specific agonist, meaning it activates CB2 but doesn’t have activity at CB1. In other words, it won’t get you high but has tremendous medicinal value.

So while THC and CBD get most of the attention, beta-caryophyllene quietly plays a significant role in the entourage effect and the overall therapeutic effects of cannabis.

Remember that individual experiences may vary, so it’s essential to explore different strains and find the one that resonates with you. Enjoy your cannabis journey.