BY MARIE LODI
In our Terpenes 411 column, we’ll be talking about terpenes, which are aromatic compounds found in every plant, including marijuana. Not only do they give our favorite strains their distinctive scents—they also play a major part in providing therapeutic effects. There are over 100 different terpenes in the cannabis plant, and while each has its own benefits, when they come together with THC, CBD, other terpenes, and our own biological makeup, they interact synergistically, resulting in what is known as The Entourage Effect. In this recurring feature, we’ll be delving into, and providing a full-fledged education, about this buzzword that you’ve likely been hearing about all over the place.
A mainstay of traditional Chinese medicine for generations, borneol is a cannabis terpene with a very diverse medicinal profile. Featuring an earthy scent and minty, cooling sensation, borneol may be applied topically to help numb pain. While it is especially known to help alleviate pain and inflammation, borneol can also be used for digestive issues, improving circulation, encouraging relaxation while fighting fatigue, as well as decreasing stress and anxiety.
Commonly found in plants such as mint, rosemary, mugwort, and camphor, borneol also makes for a decent natural insect repellent. Studies have shown that the terpene may very well be an effective healing agent against the West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne and parasitic diseases.
Borneol also contains antioxidative and antiviral properties, and is a powerful inhibitor of herpes simplex virus type 1. If that’s not enough of an impressive resume, this botanical powerhouse ingredient can also aid in the reduction of heart disease and help fight cancer. However, borneol itself does not have cancer-fighting properties, as is thought to be the case with other terpenes such as humulene and trans-nerolidol. Instead, borneol is known to potentiate other anticancer treatments.