Terpene Tuesday: Borneol

Erin Doble 31 Dec 2019

This week’s terpene, borneol, plays a big role in Chinese medicine and is common in things such as essential oils, cosmetics and even insect repellents. The aroma of borneol is something that insects and parasites despise, making it a great terpene for the cannabis plants natural defense. Its aroma is found in many things including thyme, sage, ginger and many other plants. When oxidized, borneol creates camphor, a terpene commonly found in creams, lotions and ointments. 

An anticoagulant, borneol has been shown to have a synergistic effect with edaravone, a molecule used to help people recover from strokes and treatment of sclerosis. Borneol in small amounts – as in cannabis and herbs – is considered safe. However, larger, more concentrated versions of this terpene can irritate eyes, skin and cause respiratory problems. Borneol also increases bioavailability of compounds and plays well into the “entourage effect” like other terpenes. 

Aroma: woody, minty, spicy, cooling, or herbal scent
Found in: Camphor, Mint, Ginger, Rosemary, Thyne, Insect Repellent
Vaporizes: 451 °F
Strains: OG Kush, K13-Haze and Golden Haze
Properties: anti-inflammatory, neuroprotectant, antioxidant, anticoagulant, anesthetic

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