Terpene Spotlight: Bisabolol

Jill/ January 9, 2018/ Terpenes/ 0 comments

Bisabolol, also known as levomenol, is a terpene found in many different strains of cannabis. It has a light, floral fragrance, reminiscent of the chamomile it’s usually derived from. It’s been used in cosmetics and skincare products for centuries because it helps the skin absorb other molecules, increasing their effectiveness. A quick glance around my bathroom shows that both my conditioner and my hand lotion contain this terpene — you may be using it on a daily basis already!

New research shows that it has multiple beneficial properties that we’re only now starting to understand. The limited research into the effects of ingesting this terpene is surprising given its abundance in chamomile. It will be very interesting to see what further research reveals — many people drink chamomile tea for its calming effects.

bisabolol from medicine box

Therapeutic Uses of Bisabolol

Cannabis Strains High in Bisabolol

  • bisabolol terpene molecule

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    Black Lime

  • Girl Scout Cookies
  • Gold Country Afgoo
  • Master Kush
  • Pink Kush
  • Sour Diesel

Other Sources of Bisabolol

  • German chamomile
  • Some varieties of sage

Bisabolol as a Functional Ingredient

Medicine Bars from Medicine BoxThis terpene shows great potential as a topical treatment for both pain and inflammation. It’s also showing potential as a cancer-fighting agent. However, all of the studies I found, except the research into parasites, shows that researchers are using bisabolol either topically or injecting it rather than consuming it.

Our Sour Diesel shows high levels of this terpene, between 1% and 2%! Perhaps that’s why our Medicine Bars give people energy without the anxiety or jitteriness that caffeine can bring.

 


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