THE CANNABIS TERPENE EUCALYPTOL

EUCALYPTOL: WHERE DOES IT COME FROM AND HOW DO WE USE IT?

Eucalyptol is an organic terpenoid that is colorless but has a very distinct minty and spicy odor. One of many terpenes found within cannabis plants, it is also found in camphor, laurel, bay leaves, tea tree, sweet basil, wormwood, rosemary, common safe and some other foliage plant species.

Commonly used in medicines for opening the airways and in flavoring cough medicines, Eucalyptol is also used in many essential oils.  Eucalyptol can be toxic if ingested in large doses.

Commercially, Eucalyptol is often used in fragrances and cosmetics. Cineole-based eucalyptus oil is used as a flavoring in baked goods, beverages and is also added to cigarettes under claims that it enhances the flavor.

Eucalyptol is included in many brands of mouthwash, cough suppressants and even used as an inactive ingredient in some body powders on the market.

Commonly used in medicines for opening the airways and in flavoring cough medicines, Eucalyptol is also used in many essential oils.  Eucalyptol can be toxic if ingested in large doses.

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF EUCALYPTOL?

In short, the cannabis terpene Eucalyptol is believed to be effective in the treatment of:

  • PAIN (IT IS AN ANALGESIC)
  • INFLAMMATION (ANTI-INFLAMMATORY)
  • ASTHMA (IT OPENS THE AIRWAYS)
  • ALZHEIMER'S (AS AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY)
  • ANTI-FUNGAL
  • SINUSITIS
  • COLITIS

Research to date has shown Eucalyptol to be beneficial as an anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and analgesic. Additionally, since the early 2000’s, scientists have known that Eucalyptol has benefits in treating sinusitis, and colitis. This terpene has also been found to to aid in the treatment of pancreatitis and, for those with breathing difficulties such as asthma, Eucalyptol could prove to be an effective alternative treatment to oral steroids.

Due to the natural effectiveness of terpenes and terpenoids as insect repellents, Eucalyptol is also added to some insecticides and repellents. It should be noted, however, that Eucalyptol is one of many compounds that attracts males of the orchid bee species. Therefore, this cannabis terpene is often used as a bait to catch these bees for research.

As a powerful anti-inflammatory, Eucalyptol might also prove beneficial in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease by helping to reduce inflammation in the neural network as well as throughout the entire body. While this terpenoid holds promising medicinal benefits, much more research is needed, especially in the area of Alzheimer’s research.

Future research into the health benefits of the various cannabinoids and terpenes found within marijuana and hemp are certain to find Eucalyptol among the more powerful of ingredients.