Terpene Tuesday: Camphene

In today’s installment of Terpene Tuesday, we will take an in-depth look at camphene. This is a very powerful terpene with many potential medical uses.

We will break down everything you need to know about camphene, including uses, benefits, and what strains you should look for. 

What is camphene??

Camphene (C10H16) is one of the many terpenes found in cannabis. It is often used in the form of lotion or essential oil when extracted from the flower.

Of course, it can also be consumed by smoking particular strains potent in camphene. Camphene is particularly known for its antioxidant abilities. It has also been reported to promote healthy cardiovascular functionality. 

Often times, this terpene is extracted and used in the form of oil or lotion. Although there are certain cannabis strains with high concentrations of camphene, those who want the purest form of this terpene will usually purchase it in the form of essential oil or lotion. 

Used in Fragrances and as a Food Additive

Like many terpenes, camphene is known for having an incredibly pleasant, earthy smell. For this reason, it is used during the manufacturing of various fragrances and air fresheners.

Historically, it has also been used as a food additive. Although not very tasty on its own, it can mix well with minty and citrus products. Chewing gum, for example, is a common food product which can include this terpene.

Helps the Marijuana Plant Attract Pollinators

The marijuana plant produces terpenes like camphene to attract pollinators. In other words, they help the plant reproduce. Terpenes also help scare away harmful insects or herbivores that would otherwise eat the plant. 

Camphene effects and benefits

Camphene has a wide array of medical benefits. There are also various ways to consume the terpene. As we mentioned, those who want to avoid inhaling this terpene can instead use it in the form of a lotion or essential oils. 

When used by themselves, terpenes aren’t psychoactive. For this reason, medical cannabis users seeking the health benefits of cannabis without intoxication will often use terpenes like camphene by themselves. If this sounds like you, look for this terpene in essential oil or lotion form. 

Compared to other terpenes, camphene has been observed to produce quicker and more drastic medical benefits for cardiovascular health. Various studies have argued that camphene lowers the lipid levels in your body and can help keep your cardiovascular system healthy as a whole. 

  • Lowers bodily lipid levels
  • Helps regulate cardiovascular health
  • Treat inflammation
  • Treat bacterial or fungal infection
  • Eczema and psoriasis relief

Like most other terpenes, it can also help treat inflammation. In addition, it can treat bacterial and fungal infections. However, keep in mind that most terpenes are capable of these things. Not just camphene. 

What cannabis strains are high in camphene?

Usually, hybrid and indica strains contain the highest levels of this terpene. However, this can also have a lot to do with who is growing the strain, their skill level, and the curing process.

In recreational and medical dispensaries around the nation, the following strains usually contain the highest average potencies of camphene:

  • ACDC
  • Ghost OG
  • Strawberry Banana
  • Banana Kush
  • OG Kush
  • Mendocino Purps

Terpenes are a lot more delicate than the cannabis plant itself. If the cultivar doesn’t take the proper precautions to protect terpenes during the growing and curing process, terpene levels in the flower can easily drop.

At Elyon Cannabis, we grow many strains with high levels of camphene. Produced in a legal market from expert growers and producers, we know how to protect terpenes during the growing process so you can enjoy them to their fullest. If you are ready to try one of our top-shelf strains, find a licensed retailer near you!

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