Terpenoid Facts: Camphene – The Heart Helper
Cannabis terpenoids are at the forefront of medical research now that the way for new studies has opened. One recent study showed camphene reduces triglycerides and plasma cholesterol in hyperlipidemia rats, which may translate into new treatments for controlling cholesterol and heart disease in humans. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the leading cause of death in the United States, responsible for 840,768 deaths (635,260 cardiac) in 2016.
Camphene is highly pungent with the aroma of camphor. It’s used as a food additive as well as in essential oils. Camphene is most commonly found in indica dominant strains. Other natural sources of camphene include rosemary, sage, lavender, nutmeg, ginger, valerian and neroli.
In cannabis, camphene helps repel herbivore threats and attracts pollinating insects, but it has medicinal value as well.
Therapeutic properties of camphene include:
Bronchial Stimulant/ Expectorant
You can find camphene in strains like OG Kush, Ghost OG, Strawberry Banana and ACDC, just to name a few.