In today’s Terpene Tuesday installment, we take a look at borneol. This terpene’s medicinal value is also widely known in places like China, where it has been used as medicine for over 500 years.
What is borneol?
Borneol (C10H18O) is an organic compound commonly found within the plant kingdom. Out of the over 200 different terpenes found in the cannabis plant, this is one of the most abundant. Like most terpenes, it has many potential uses and benefits.
Can Be Derived From Many Different Plants
One aspect of this terpene which makes it stand out is it’s abundance. In other words, this is a terpene that is very easy to add to your diet. You may even be consuming a lot of borneol without realizing it!
Here are some of the many plants (besides cannabis) which contain borneol:
Great for Reducing Stress and Fatigue
One of the most common reasons people consume borneol is because it can help reduce problems such as stress and fatigue. Although first noticed in lab mice, these same mental effects have been reported by many human users. Much how many people see cannabis as a great stress-reliever, borneol can also be used by itself for this purpose.
Helps Body Absorb Medication for Disease Treatment
The cannabis plant itself has been seen as an effective agent in the fight against cancer. However, studies have asserted that borneol itself can help your body absorb certain treatment options used for fighting cancer.
In reality, though, cancer is just one example. Since borneol lowers your blood-brain barrier, it greatly aids your body in absorption.
Has a Fresh Minty Smell
As you may know, terpenes give the cannabis plant, among others, their individual smells. When isolated, borneol has an attractive, minty smell. Because of this, its commonly used in air fresheners.
Although this aroma is attractive to humans, insects cannot stand it. Mosquitos, in particular, experience toxic side-effects when exposed to borneol. For this reason, it has been used as an active ingredient in repellents.
Borneol benefits and effects
The beautiful thing about many of the different terpenes we find in cannabis is that they have so many potential uses and benefits, and borneol is no exception. We just covered some of the reasons this terpene is so powerful, but here are some more:
Health Benefits of Borneol
Borneol is known to have anti-coagulant properties. In other words, this terpene can reduce the risk of heart disease. It can also aid as treatment for stroke patients.
- Pain relief
- Stress relief
- Helps your body absorb medication
Like many other terpenes, this organic compound is also an effective anti-inflammatory agent. In fact, this is the reason it has been used as a traditional Chinese medicine for over 500 years. It was only recently that we discovered some of the many other health benefits this terpene provides.
What cannabis strains are high in this terpene?
As we mentioned, this is one of the most common terpenes found in cannabis strains. One of your favorite strains might even be high in borneol. Hybrid strains, in particular, are commonly high in this terpene.
Here are some of the popular strains that contain high borneol levels:
- Golden Haze
- K-13 Haze
- OG Kush
If you are shopping for cannabis strains with a certain terpene like this one in mind, remember that the source of your product is an important factor to consider. Producers who are inexperienced or unaware of how to properly cure their plants properly, for example, can accidentally degrade terpenes!
At Elyon Cannabis, we are experts at monitoring the quality of cannabis plants, and especially for cultivating strains high in particular terpenes like Borneol. If you want a top-shelf strain with awesome terpene profiles, find a retailer near you!
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