Camphor is a secondary terpene of cannabis, but is also found elsewhere. It is secondary because is can be made from A-pinene but it can also come from distilling turpentine. It is often extracted from the trees that bear the same name.
A LITTLE ABOUT THE TERPENE CAMPHOR
It is thick and wax-like. The smell of camphor is very strong and insects dislike it but it has many uses. When inhaled, camphor is a wonderful cold and cough remedy, acting as an expectorant to clear the lungs. It also opens the nasal passages and helps to clear the throat.
Camphor is also a metabolism stimulant that helps to improve circulation as well. It can have a similar effect as caffeine, making you feel more awake and alert. It’s also a very strong microbial agent, meaning that it works as a disinfectant. In fact, it was traditionally used to treat water for drinking because it keeps microbes at bay that could cause waterborne illness and infections, such as giardia.
When it is used as an insect repellant, you can keep it around in jars on a patio, or soak cloths or sponges with it and leave them lying about and insects will steer clear. You could also use it as a repellent by spraying it on clothing.
You can even increase your libido with camphor. Strangely, since it is a stimulant, it can also increase your sex drive naturally. It interacts with the part of the brain that is in control of sexual desire. Therefore, using camphor can increase your sex drive quite a bit.
Camphor is also a metabolism stimulant that helps to improve circulation as well. It can have a similar effect as caffeine, making you feel more awake and alert.
CAMPHOR: OTHER MEDICINAL USES
It is safe to use camphor oil as a topical skin treatment and you may enjoy it on a daily basis for any of the above things. It has a smell a bit like pine needles but perhaps more pungent. Some people quite like the way it smells and it can be used as a room freshener that also happens to clear the lungs and airways. You can keep bugs away and make your air fresh and germ-free, just by adding camphor to your environment.
Camphor occurs naturally in other places, like Rosemary, basil, and mint, as well as laurel trees. Historically, camphor has been used as an analgesic for pain and inflammation on top of the other uses already mentioned. As you can see, it has far more usefulness than you may have imagined and when combined with other terpenes and cannabinoids, it can have an extensive impact on the body, giving many positive benefits.