WHAT IS THE CANNABIS TERPENE ISOBORNEOL?

EXPLORING THE CANNABIS TERPENE ISOBORNEOL

As the name implies, Isoborneol is related to the terpene Borneol which has shown to be an effective treatment for anxiety, as a topical anesthetic, and as a neuroprotectant.

THE TERPENE ISOBORNEOL: AN OVERVIEW

  • THIS TERPENE IS A WHITE SOLID. IT IS USED IN FLAVORING MANY THINGS AND CONSIDERED SAFE BY THE FDA. IT IS ALSO USED BY THE PERFUME INDUSTRY TO CREATE SCENTED PRODUCTS. IT IS OFTEN GATHERED BY TAPPING TREE TRUNKS FOR IT BUT IT OCCURS IN SOME OTHER PLANT SPECIES, SUCH AS CANNABIS AND CAN BE SYNTHESIZED FROM CAMPHOR OR TURPENTINE OIL.

  • IT HAS A SHARP SCENT LIKE CAMPHOR. IT IS VERY COMBUSTIBLE. ISOBORNEOL IS AN ISOMER OF BORNEOL, MEANING IT HAS THE SAME MOLECULES, JUST REARRANGED INTO A DIFFERENT STRUCTURE. THINK OF IT LIKE REARRANGING THE PIECES OF A PUZZLE. SAME PUZZLE PIECES, DIFFERENT END RESULT.

  • THIS TERPENE SMELLS A BIT LIKE CINNAMON AND MENTHOL COMBINED. THE CHINESE HAVE USED THIS FOR MANY GENERATIONS TO SOOTHE STOMACHS, REDUCE INFLAMMATION, AND TO HELP SKIN HEAL FROM WOUNDS AND IRRITATIONS.

  • THE CHINESE HAVE BURNED MUGWORT NEAR THE SKIN FOR SKIN HEALING OF BACTERIAL INFECTIONS AND FUNGI BECAUSE MUGWORT HAS HIGH CONCENTRATIONS OF ISOBORNEOL IN IT. THERE IS NOT A TON OF RESEARCH ON ISOBORNEOL AS OF YET, BUT RESEARCHERS ARE BEGINNING TO COMPILE DATA ON TERPENES AND TERPENOIDS AS THEY CATCH-UP TO EASTERN MEDICINE.

POSSIBLE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF ISOBORNEOL

PROTECTION AGAINST OXIDATIVE STRESS: ACCORDING TO SOME RECENT PEER REVIEW PAPERS PUBLISHED ON THE INTERNET, FROM SIGMA ALDRICH, ISOBORNEOL WAS FOUND TO PROTECT TISSUES AND DNA FROM OXIDATION IN LAB RATS. THIS IS EXCITING AS IT COULD HELP IN CANCER RESEARCH DUE TO CANCER CELLS FORMING FROM OXIDATIVE PROCESSES THAT CAUSE FREE RADICALS TO ROAM IN THE BODY AS A WASTE OF THE OXIDATION PROCESS. 

ALZHEIMERS: JAPANESE RESEARCHERS HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT ISOBORNEOL AND HOW IT MAY IMPACT ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE. THERE IS STUNNING EVIDENCE THAT AD MAY BE POSITIVELY IMPACTED BY LARGE DOSES OF ISOBORNEOL IN PATIENTS WHO HAVE A GENETIC PREDISPOSITION TO AD. AS THERE IS CURRENTLY NO TREATMENT FOR AD, THIS IS A VERY EXCITING FINDING AND WARRANTS FAR MORE EXTENSIVE RESEARCH. 

OCULAR HEALTH: ISOBORNEOL HAS HAD POSITIVE EFFECTS ON RABBIT CORNEAS IN VITRO. THIS MAY LEAD TO ADVANCEMENT OF OCULAR TECHNOLOGY AND TREATMENT IN MALFORMED EYES IN THE WOMB AND TREATMENT BEFORE BIRTH. 

ANTI-FUNGAL: THERE ARE DOZENS OF ONGOING RESEARCH PROGRAMS THAT ALL INVOLVE ISOBORNEOL RIGHT NOW, MANY OF WHICH INCLUDE THE TREATMENT OF FUNGI IN CROPS AND IN HUMANS. 

There is no doubt that there is a big future for Isoborneol. Research is happening at a faster rate right now than it ever has before and the findings are so exciting that they are fueling more research. We will be learning more about Isoborneol very soon.