- TERPENE GUIDE -
Pictured: Chamomile @pixabay
Bisabolol is a very floral terpene, with an aroma much like chamomile, the plant where it is most commonly sourced. It is also found in the wood of the Candeia tree, and cannabis. Its scent of delicately sweet citrus with a hint of spice often takes a backseat to the more dominant aromas of other cannabis terpenes, and it is usually present in smaller concentrations than the others. While it is rarer, Bisabolol has long been used in cosmetic and topical products like lotions, creams, after-shave, sun-care products, lip balms, and sport creams. This is most likely due to its ability to combat the ongoing stress the environment causes to the skin and increase skin permeability to other solutions. Bisabolol has proven to be very healing to the skin. Studies have shown it has therapeutic value as a topical anti-inflammatory offering relief from inflammation associated with skin disorders like dermatitis and eczema. Bisabolol is topical antibacterial agent and can be deodorizing through its ability to kill bacteria on the surface of the skin. Other studies show it to be antifungal, antimicrobial, and anti-viral in some cases. Bisabolol is the major component in German chamomile oil, which has traditionally been used to treat issues like dizziness, nerve pain, muscle cramping, headache, fever, and malaria. One study shows Bisabolol can be a gastroprotective agent, reducing the oxidative injury caused by gastric acid disorders. Another study shows it can be antiparasitic against Trypanosoma cruzi, a parasite that causes Chagas disease. Through its involvement in apoptosis, oxidative stress, and enzymatic inhibition, Bisabolol can encourage parasite cell death. Like other terpenes, Bisabolol has anticancer activity. Studies have shown it can have a cytotoxic effect on various types of brain tumor cells. Other studies have shown Bisabolol reduce the proliferation and viability of malignant pancreatic cancer cells, without causing damage to healthy tissue.
Higher Grade strains with a relatively high percentage of Bisbolol: