CAMPHENE – EXPLORING THIS PRIMARY CANNABIS TERPENE

When it comes to marijuana, it is the terpenes which give each individual strain its unique flavor and scent. Some who are very familiar with various strains of medical marijuana can tell it apart from the unique smell, even in a jar.

Camphene is one of these terpenes.

TERPENES AND CANNABINOIDS: A NEW MEDICINE

Certain terpenes, combined with higher percentages of particular cannabinoids will yield different potentials for medicinal use. For example, some strains of sativa are grown for their ability to yield better results for anxiety, while others help more with COPD and asthma. Depending on the ailment you are seeking to treat, you should learn about what terpenes can do synergistically with cannabinoids. For example:

  • LIMONENE + PINENE + LINALOOL ARE BELIEVED TO BE EFFECTIVE IN THE TREATMENT OF ACNE. THEY ARE ALSO THOUGHT TO INCREASE THE EFFECTS OF THC.

  • LIMONENE + LINALOOL ARE THOUGHT TO ENHANCE THE EFFECTS OF CBD.

  • LINALOOL + CARYOPHYLLENE + MYRCENE ARE BELIEVED TO HELP IN THE TREATMENT OF SLEEP ISSUES.

  • CARYOPHYLLENE + MYRCENE + PINENE ARE BELIEVED TO HELP WITH ADDITION TREATMENT.

  • THC + CBD: CANNABINOL (CBD) IS BELIEVED TO ENHANCE THE POSITIVE EFFECTS OF THC WHILE REDUCING NEGATIVE EFFECTS SUCH AS PSYCHOACTIVITY.

WHAT IS CAMPHENE?

Naturally found in conifer plant species, as well as nutmeg, ginger, and rosemary, Camphene is said to have a pungent, earthy, musky scent, with just a hint of pine. It’s a major ingredient in the cosmetics industry, often used in oils, fragrances and lotions/creams.

Medicinally, Camphene has the ability to treat eczema and psoriasis. This leads scientists to believe that it has strong anti-fungal properties as well as antibacterial qualities. Within Cannabis, Camphene is more prevalent in indica strains.

In regards to research, in 2009, scientists concluded research that examined the usefulness of Camphene as a way to treat pulmonary inflammation. It shows tremendous promise for this as well as for regulating heart health.

During this year, it was also discovered that Camphene can improve the mitochondrial membrane function, thus improving the overall health of the cell. This vastly decreased lipid peroxidation, which indicates that Camphene could be a treatment for inflammation when oxidative stress is the causal factor.

Finally, in 2012, Camphene showed promise as an antioxidant, pain reliever, and an anti-inflammatory.“It was discovered that Camphene can improve the mitochondrial membrane function, thus improving the overall health of the cell.”

WHAT CAN CAMPHENE TREAT: THE RUNDOWN

While there is certainly a long way to go on the research front, today it is believed that Camphene may be helpful in the treatment of the following illnesses:
  • SKIN CONDITIONS SUCH AS ECZEMA AND PSORIASIS
  • INFLAMMATION
  • FUNGAL INFECTIONS
  • ASTHMA AND COPD
  • MITOCHONDRIAL DYSFUNCTION
  • PAIN 

USING CAMPHENE FOR HEALING

The science and medical marijuana families are excited about the potential that Camphene has as a terpene to pair with specific cultivations of medical marijuana strains for the most healing possible for those who suffer from pain and breathing issues in particular.

It should be noted that if you prefer to vape or smoke your medical marijuana, these strains high in camphene are more combustible and prone to being highly flammable. Camphene used to be used as a lamp oil many years ago but was finally deemed unsafe because of the high combustibility. It can produce an acrid smoke. It is far better to use an oil or tincture of this strain if you feel it will most greatly benefit you.