Happy Weedsday to all of you lovely people! I hope today finds you doing fine.
So it’s 2019, and the country is moving toward legalizing cannabis in some way or another from state to state. A few issues ago, I introduced an article about terpenes. And since there are so many of them, and so many of them have multiple benefits, I thought I would share a few more of them.
Just like before, this list is not exhaustive, and there are many, many plants out there besides cannabis that also have these terpenes.
The first one I want to introduce is camphene. Camphene is yet another terpene that has been shown to possess anti-inflammatory and antibiotic characteristics. That isn’t all, though. It also has anti-bactericidal, antiviral, anti fungal properties, as well. If all that weren’t enough, it is also used as an expectorant, an atmospheric antiseptic, and also as an antiedematous. It has an herbal smell and aroma.
There are some studies that suggest camphene is significantly higher in concentration among mostly indica strains.
The second one is borneol. Borneol is a bicyclic monoterpene with a balsamy, camphor, herbal, woody scent. Borneol is commonly used in Asian traditional medicine. Borneol has demonstrated more potent effects than the local anesthetic, lidocaine, and can also be eaten for its analgesic effects. Borneol has acted as an anticoagulant in stroke models, and alleviates the mechanisms of pro-inflammatory cytokines in general. The terpene has induced fungicidal activity against several species of fungi. In addition, borneol has elucidated to help drugs cross the blood brain barrier at a higher rate than without borneol.
Delta 3 carene has some amazing properties. Delta 3 Carene has a sweet, citrusy, piney, and earthy odor. Carene has been implicated in helping differentiate and stimulate calcium production in bone cells. This terpene is effective as a toxin for mosquitoes and is also known to dry fluids like tears, running noses, and menstrual flows. Studies have found Delta 3 carene to be an effective anti-inflammatory. A research study examined 162 marijuana plants, which represented over 80 strains. They detected carene in many of the samples.
Alpha bisabolol is just as amazing. Alpha bisabolol is known to be found in chamomile, German chamomile, and myoporum crassifolium. It has a coconutish, fruity, nutty aroma. It can has been used to heal wounds, fight bacteria and can be used a deodorizer. Research suggests alpha bisabolol has been effective in treating a variety of inflammations. Additionally, it has also been used for hundreds of years in cosmetics because of its perceived skin-healing properties. Bisabolol has been effective at blocking the effects of mutagens on genetic integrity in liver cells and has also exhibited strong effects on Campylobacter which are involved in severe food poisoning. Furthermore, bisabolol has been associated with pain relief and neuroprotection, with possible uses in Parkinson’s and also Alzheimer’s Syndrome. The Werc Shop analyzed a strain called “oracle” and found high levels of alpha bisabolol.
I personally never got much into plant biology until I started to learn all the different, amazing things the cannabis plant can do. It always fascinates me how just these little terpenes, present in almost everything we see in a day can have such a large impact to our health and quality of life.