Terpenes: The Essentials - Bisabolol — The Apothecarium


Terpenes are the aromatic oils that give each cannabis strain its individual fragrance and taste.  These molecular compounds have also been known to carry an array of medicinal benefits. When combined with other cannabinoids and terpenes, the synergistic healing nature of cannabis truly takes effect but each terpene has unique characteristics of their own.

Bisabolol is a cannabis terpene boasting a delicately sweet and floral aroma with hints of citrus and spice. Commonly found in German chamomile and the South American candeia tree, bisabolol is widely used in cosmetics, fragrances, and skin care products.  

Bisabolol may contribute to the soothing effects of cannabis, and is often a major constituent in various cannabis infused topicals. The anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties of bisabolol can potentially treat a variety of skin conditions. Bisabolol also acts as an antioxidant, contributing to the overall medicinal benefits cannabis may provide.

A 2010 study explored bisabolol as an anti-cancer agent by inducing apoptosis in acute leukemia cells.  A 2014 study demonstrated bisabolol’s cytokine inhibiting activity to potentially treat skin inflammation. A September 2015 study examined the potential of bisabolol as a topical treatment for chronic venous leg ulcers.