THE TERPENE BORNEOL: A LITTLE HISTORY
Borneol is a terpene that has been widely used within Traditional Chinese Medicine since the 1600’s. Also referred to as “Moxa”, Borneol is used for heart health and anxiety relief among other ailments.
Borneol has played a major role in Traditional Chinese Medicine’s herbology for relieving pain as well. Today it is also used as a natural insect repellent (generally, terpenes naturally occur in plants to dissuade insects from eating the plant. It is the plant’s self-defense system).
Borneol can be found in many North American species of sunflowers, mugwort, sagebrush, wormwood, beautyberry, many lowland rainforest trees of the Dipterocarpaceae family, camphor, sambong, some types of ginger, and also in cannabis.
Borneol is found in many North American species of sunflowers, mugwort, sagebrush, wormwood, beautyberry, many lowland rainforest trees of the Dipterocarpaceae family, camphor, sambong, some types of ginger, and also in cannabis.
BORNEOL AS MEDICINE: THE RESEARCH
While much more research is necessary to fully understand the healing potential of Borneol, science is continuing to learn about this cannabis terpene. To date, it appears to hold promise as a neuroprotectant, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. In fact, a research study performed in 2013 concluded that this terpene has the ability to reduce pain and inflammation in mice.
In 2003, Borneol was studied as a potential topical treatment to numb pain with promising results. In fact, some scientists feel that Borneol could prove to be even more effective than lidocaine as a topical analgesic. When used for pain, it has no hindering effects to the patient; there is no muscle coordination loss or impact on the cognitive function.
in 2004, additional research concluded that Borneol can be an effective anxiety management tool because of the positive impact it has on the GABA receptors in the brain – it is believed that Borneol lowers stress very effectively.
Borneol has also been proven to have anti-coagulative powers, meaning that it can help reduce the odds of heart disease or stroke due to blood clots by preventing those clots from ever forming. This said, further research is warranted as most of the testing heretofore has been performed on rats and mice.
Finally, as a neuroprotectant, Borneol can help reduce the impact of a stroke on the brain by protecting the cells of the brain from damage. This may also prove helpful to those in the early stages of Alzheimer’s as well. Borneol may even protect cells from neurodegenerative diseases.
BORNEOL: THE RESEARCH
2003 – BORNEOL WAS USED AS A TOPICAL TREATMENT TO NUMB PAIN – SCIENTISTS FEEL THAT BORNEOL COULD PROVE TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE THAN LIDOCAINE.
2004 – BORNEOL WAS SHOWN TO BE AN EFFECTIVE ANXIETY MANAGEMENT TOOL BECAUSE OF THE POSITIVE IMPACT IT HAS ON THE GABA RECEPTORS IN THE BRAIN.
2013- RESEARCHERS CONCLUDED THAT BORNEOL HAS THE ABILITY TO REDUCE PAIN AND INFLAMMATION IN MICE.
WHAT CAN BORNEOL DO IN THE BODY?
- Numb pain as a topical treatment
- Reduce inflammation
- Reduce anxiety
- Act as a neuroprotectant
- Reduce Blood Clots
Currently, additional studies are being conducted which analyze the healing potential of Borneol when combined with other terpenes, cannabinoids, and medications. it is known that Borneol lowers the blood-brain barrier which, in turn, enables the body to better absorb any given medication.