Bisabolol is a secondary cannabis terpene that’s also known as alpha-bisabolol, a-bisabolol, and levomenol. It’s been popular for use in cosmetics like skincare products and fragrances for awhile, but now it’s also gaining popularity in the cannabis community. That’s because this terpene contributes some awesome medical benefits to the entourage effect of our favorite herb.
Bisabolol has a very pleasant aroma, hence its longtime use in perfumes. It’s sweet and floral yet quite mild and can even have notes of citrus. The most famous plant in nature that contains this terpene is chamomile, but it can also be found in some varieties of sage and in the Candeia tree native to Brazil.
One of bisabolol’s most well-known medical benefits is its anti-inflammatory properties. A 2011 study examined this and why alpha-bisabolol is used as a “cosmetic soothing supplement” in so many beauty products. Through their research, they discovered the exact mechanism that gives this terp its anti-inflammatory properties.
Since inflammation is at the root of many problems, most obviously pain but also disorders like lupus, Crohn’s Disease, and inflammatory bowel disease, alpha-bisabolol could be a contributing factor to why certain strains help these ailments more than others.
Cancer Fighting Abilities
Some of the most exciting findings about this terpene are its potential cancer-fighting abilities. For example, both a 2011 and 2016 study have found alpha-bisabolol to slow pancreatic cancer cell growth. Plus, a 2012 study found the terpene may help fight against acute leukemia cells. These findings are promising, but obviously more research is needed before we can put a-bisabolol to work fighting cancer.
Painkilling and Anti-Biotic Properties
Since this terpene has a long list of potential medical effects, a 2009 review sought to examine the many pharmacological roles of the terpene. What the researchers found was that it not only has potential for inflammation and cancer, but also exhibits analgesic (painkilling) and anti-biotic effects.
Furthermore, a 2017 study also examined the terp’s anti-biotic effects and found that, alpha-bisabolol synergized when combined with certain other antibiotics, making the combo stronger against bacteria like E. coli and S. aureus.
The Bisabolol Experience
Aside from this terpene’s many potential medical uses, it is also thought to have a relaxing effect. So if you see a strain contains some bisabolol, it may be good for anxiety and insomnia. However, because it’s not a primary terpene in the cannabis plant, it won’t dominate the experience when present in a strain. It’s important to see what other terpenes are present and consider the cannabinoid profile as well when trying to predict experience. That being said, all compounds in cannabis contribute to its entourage effect so it’s still relevant regardless of how prominent it is.
Strains To Look For
Looking to try this chill, floral terpene for yourself? Keep an eye out for some of these strains: