Terpenes: The Essentials – Camphene
Terpenes are the aromatic oils that give each cannabis strain its individual fragrance and taste. These molecular compounds have also been known to carry an array of medicinal benefits. When combined with other cannabinoids and terpenes, the synergistic healing nature of cannabis truly takes effect but each terpene has unique characteristics of their own.
Camphene is a cannabis terpene carrying a pungent earthy and musky scent with piney undertones. Also naturally found in conifer, nutmeg, ginger and rosemary, camphene is used as a major constituent in various fragrances, oils, and topical creams. Camphene is often synthesized from pinene, another cannabis terpene.
Camphene is commonly used in cannabis based creams, salves and lotions. Its ability to potentially treat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis indicate camphene could hold anti-fungal and antibacterial efficacy. Camphene is usually more prevalent in indica strains with medicinal potential well worth noting.
A study from March 2009 examined the antioxidant properties of camphene as a possible agent to battle pulmonary inflammation. Camphene shows great promise for regulating cardiovascular health based on a 2011 study, which observed notable reductions in cholesterol and triglycerides. In December 2012, camphene demonstrated potential as a potent antioxidant, pain reliever, and anti-inflammatory.
Camphene’s potential contributions to the overall medicinal spectrum of cannabis make this terpene one to look for, especially in the treatment of skin ailments. Feel free to ask any of our knowledgeable patient consultants to assist with any questions you may have.
Keep out of reach of children. For use only by adults 21 years of age or older.
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