Bisabolol Terpene. What Is It and What Is It Used For?
Let us take a look at one of the lesser known but nonetheless exciting terpenes.
Terpenes - chemical compounds found in various plants, or rather terpene profile as a whole - are the new big thing in understanding cannabis and choosing the right strain for your needs. Combined with one another, as well as flavonoids and cannabinoids like THC and CBD, they produce the so-called entourage effect.
Today, we are taking a look at Bisabolol.
What is Bisabolol terpene?
Bisabolol, also called a-bisabolol or levomenol is a terpene found in various essential oils but it can also be created synthetically. One of the main things terpenes are responsible for is the smell and flavor. Bisabolol is known for its sweet floral aroma and is widely used in cosmetics, namely to create fragrances. It may also include citrusy, fruity notes, as well as spicy and nutty undertones.
Where is Bisabolol Found?
Bisabolol is found in various cannabis strains, as well as other plants like German chamomile, candeia (Brazilian tree), candella tree (South Africa), and sage. One of the richest sources of bisabolol is Myoporum crassifolium, a thick shrub that is native to Vanuatu and Loyalty Islands.
What is Bisabolol used for?
For centuries the Bisabolol terpene has been used in cosmetics, including make up, shaving creams, shampoos, anti aging creams, moisturizers, perfumes, and more. And that’s not all. We’ll also take a look at Bisabolol’s potential therapeutic properties in the next paragraph.
A-Bisabolol Terpene Effects
There have not been many studies of bisabolol and most of those that did take place were conducted on animals. Although more studies are needed potential effects and benefits of the bisabolol terpene are:
Calming. Bisabolol may potentially help combat anxiety and have a soothing effect.
Analgesic. Pain relief.
Antimicrobial. The terpene may help with healing, and inhibit fungus and bacteria.
Gastroprotective. Protection from ethanol ulcers.
Anti-inflammatory. Namely, skin irritation.
Anti-irritant. Another reason for its popularity in skincare
It is worth noting that the bisabolol terpene and is often associated with herbal tea (chamomile) and its effects. The above benefits make bisabolol a very common compound in skin care products, such as creams, sunblocks, etc.
Bisabolol Terpene Strains
You will not find flower where Bisabolol would be a dominant terpene. It can be found in many cannabis strains but usually in very small quantities.
Strains rich in Bisabolol terpene include:
Headband. This slightly indica-dominant sativa is a result of breeding OG Kush and Sour Diesel. The strain’s popularity led to the creation of numerous “siblings” - 707 Headband, Headband Kush, and more, which are also usually rich in bisabolol.
Cotton Kandy Kush. A strain famous for its sweet floral scent, Cotton Kandy Kush is a sativa-dominant hybrid.
Lavender. Also known as Soma #10, this strain a parent of Cotton Kandy Kush. Lavender is a 4-way cross indica-dominant strain.
Ghost OG. Potent, heavily indica-dominant strain that offers both cerebral and body high.
And you can always visit our Flower section and select strains by prevailing terpenes.
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