Cannabis Terpenes: What is Bisabolol?
Published on 9/4/22
Fresh flowers. The warm fragrance of chamomile and lavender honey. Nuts and wild berries. These smells should be familiar as they're favorites for many people. The Bisabolol terpene carries these aromas and is one of the 400+ types of terpenes found in cannabis. Bisabolol can be found in strains throughout the world, and now is a great time to learn about Bisabolol's benefits and effects.
What are Terpenes?
First, let's quickly review what terpenes are by definition. Terpenes are aromatic oils produced by plants (not just cannabis) to attract pollinators and deter predators and harmful organisms.
Terpenes are secreted in the trichomes, which not only protect the plant from insects and other predators, but also lure insects that help with pollination.
These organic compounds are responsible for the distinct smell of cannabis and other plants. The fragrance of a plant mainly depends on the combination of terpenes within that plant.
The Benefits of Terpenes
The distinct, complex scent of cannabis results from one of the most terpene-abundant plants in all of nature. Strains differ from each other because each has a unique terpene profile. Ever wondered why OG Kush has a spicy smell and Lemon Haze smells citrusy? Terpenes.
Terpenes offer a variety of benefits, not only in nature but also for our physical health.
In nature, terpenes may protect plants from grazing animals or infectious germs. Terpenes will attract pollinators, allowing the reproductive process to continue.
As a benefit to our well-being, terpenes, including Bisabolol, help with things like:
Terpenes are bioactive, meaning they affect the body. This effect will vary depending on the concentration of the terpene and its use. Many terpenes are used for alternative therapies (such as aromatherapy) and are commonly used in essential oils.
What is Bisabolol?
Bisabolol, also known as Levomenol or alpha-Bisabolol, is found in many cannabis strains. Due to its skin-soothing properties, it's commonly used in dermatology cosmetics.
The Bisabolol terpene is typically found in chamomile and the Brazilian Candeia tree. Various Bisabolol benefits include:
- Muscle relaxation
Bisabolol Terpene Strains and Benefits
Bisabolol terpene effects include a sense of tranquility and relaxation, both physically and mentally. Likewise, the same can be expected in cannabis with a higher concentration of Bisabolol. Several cannabis strains are high in Bisabolol, offering different health benefits. Here are a few of them:
A classic hybrid first bred in Colorado, Headband offers a THC level of anywhere from 17-24%. Best used at bedtime, the strain has a scent of diesel with a mix of tangy, sweet lemons. It tastes like it smells.
The high comes slow, so be sure to pace yourself as Headband is potent. You'll enjoy a euphoric, spacey, cerebral high with intense relaxation. In high doses, couch lock is common, along with a foggy headspace and disconnection from the body.
A predominantly sativa hybrid made from Sour Diesel and Bubble Gum, Sour Candy originates from the United Kingdom. Both parent strains are admired for their great taste and the happy, uplifting Bisabolol terpene effects.
On average, you can expect a THC level of around 15%, a sweet and tropical fruit flavor to start, and a pungent diesel finish. The potent euphoric and talkative effects make this a popular daytime choice.
Originally from Amsterdam and closely related to the famous OG Kush, Pink Kush is an indica-dominant hybrid with powerful body-focused effects. Well known for its pink hairs that burst from its buds under a blanket of sugar-like trichomes, it's got a light fragrance of sweet vanilla and candy perfume.
On average, growers must wait 10-11 weeks for Pink Kush's flowers, but the top-shelf buds are worth the wait.
With a THC level of 19%, the potency of Pink Kush could be considered overpowering. Even small doses can help eliminate pain, insomnia, and loss of appetite.
Being a cross of Cherry Pie and the Gage Green Group's Grape Stomper, Grape Pie originates in Michigan and presents sour, sugary grape aromas.
With a THC level of 22%, this strain and its Bisabolol terpene effects give a high that may initially bring you euphoria before locking you to the couch.
With the floral scent and fruity taste of Hawaiian Haze, you'll be dreaming of an island getaway. It's rumored that this strain was created in Hawaii itself.
This sativa mixes Hawaiian and Haze genetics, offering a THC percentage typically in the upper 20s.
Hawaiian Haze's light and airy buds will keep your head in the clouds. Note: adverse side effects may include:
- Dry mouth
- Dry eyes