This blog post is one of a series on individual terpenes in cannabis products, and how you can better understand them. Terpenes are some of the essential ingredients in cannabis which can contribute to the plant’s therapeutic benefits. Understanding these chemicals better will allow you to better choose the right cannabis products for yourself, depending on your needs.
Bisabolol is a fragrant terpene which is derived from plants like the chamomile flower, or the candeia tree from Brazil. Bisabolol smells delicate, sweet, and floral, with slight notes of citrus and spice. Many cannabis strains contain this terpene, and Bisabolol has been used in the cosmetic industry for decades, due to its antioxidant effects.
What Are the Benefits of Bisabolol?
Bisabolol is a terpene used in many topical cannabis products for its skincare benefits. One of these benefits is reduced skin inflammation, which is why it is used to treat acne, psoriasis, rosacea, and other skin conditions. Additionally, it may relieve skin irritation after exposure to UV rays, toning down any sunburn you might have. Bisabolol can also be great if you have acne scarring because it has been shown to stimulate skin healing and regeneration.
Another reason why it works so well in topicals is that it moisturizes skin in depth, meaning that bisabolol penetrates the skin deeper than traditional moisturizers, keeping it hydrated longer. As an antimicrobial agent, this terpene helps protect the skin against bacteria like staph.
In terms of medical benefits, bisabolol has many. Alpha-bisabolol, one form of the terpene, has recently been shown to have anticancer effects. In a recent study done by the Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, the terpene proved useful in the fight.
Alpha-bisabolol is also considered to work as a relaxant, being able to contribute positively to overall well being. This effect is especially useful for those who suffer from mood disorders like depression, anxiety, or insomnia.
In addition to helping more severe disorders, bisabolol can act as a common antibiotic in the body. While many terpenes can do this, bisabolol has the unique advantage of synthesizing with other medicines. This effect means that, when taking other antibiotics, you’re better equipped to fight harmful bacteria like E. coli.
If you’re looking to get more bisabolol in your daily routine, there are several different ways to go about it. One of these methods is aromatherapy, which includes looking for an essential oil that includes chamomile. Another way is to get a topical cannabis product that contains bisabolol, as these are especially helpful for those needing extra hydration or joint and muscle pain relief. CBD oils containing chamomile are ideal too.
Finally, you can, of course, always smoke or vaporize cannabis which includes bisabolol. Strains that contain high levels of bisabolol are Harle-Tsu and ACDC. As with any other health supplement, make sure you consult your doctor before using any CBD or cannabis product.