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Core Cannabis Course: Beta-caryophyllene

Updated: Mar 24, 2023

Welcome to homework assignment CCC 1.28 of the Core Cannabis Course from Higher Learning LV. In this assignment, students learn about beta-caryophyllene, a unique terpene produced by cannabis, hemp, and a number of other plant species. Beta-caryophyllene is one of the eight super class terpenes identified in the October 2022 peer-reviewed research study as being the most common in North American cannabis cultivars.

In the assignments that follow, students are exposed to in-depth analysis of beta-caryophyllene, including its aroma profile and the potential medicinal benefits delivered by this terpene.


What is Beta-caryophyllene?

Beta-caryophyllene (β-caryophyllene), often called BCP and sometimes simply caryophyllene, is one of the most common terpenes in cannabis/hemp/marijuana. While myrcene is typically touted as being the most abundant terpene produced by cannabis, some testing laboratories have identified BCP as the most common terpene within their test samples.

BCP is produced by many botanical species beyond cannabis, including basil, black caraway, black pepper, cloves, cinnamon, cananga odorata, copaiba, hops, lavender, malabathrum, oregano, rosemary, and West African pepper.

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