What is Camphene?

Ginger oil full of camphene

If you love woody cannabis strains with some subtle pine notes, you may love camphene. This bicyclic organic compound can be way more common than some people may think. You can find it in many substances people regularly use and as a flavoring agent in various foods. 

Camphene was used priorly as fuel for lamps in the 19th century. It has an intense herbal aroma with pine undertones, being a minor compound of a wide range of essential oils such as citronella oil, ginger oil, cypress oil, turpentine, mango, valerian, and the terpene profile of many cannabis strains. Additionally, it can also be produced synthetically through the catalytic isomerization of alpha-pinene. The many therapeutic uses of this terpene can have it under the scientific scope since camphene can generate several effects in the human body that can benefit general health.

Camphene Medicinal Uses

Researchers have been studying this monoterpene for more than a decade. As a result, they have found various medical uses for this organic substance, such as treating cardiovascular disease as an antioxidative agent, combating respiratory illnesses like bronchitis, and even treating the athlete’s foot. The list of camphene’s medical uses seems to be getting longer as researchers keep studying what this extraordinary organic compound can do. 

Camphene Terpene Effects

Like most terpenes, camphene performs an ample range of effects in the human body to help deal with many different conditions. As science gets more in-depth into the terpenes universe, they keep finding more and more beneficial effects. 

As of now, these are the verified effects of camphene:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-congestive and cough suppressing.
  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Cardiovascular improving effects
  • Eczema and psoriasis relief

Camphene Benefits

All the effects camphene can perform on the human body when appropriately used translate into real and direct human health benefits. The list of benefits this terpene can bring to the body goes almost hand in hand with the effects it generates. Let’s dive a little deeper into this topic and break down the camphene effects list to understand how these can benefit you.

Anti-fungal: Camphene reported a high antifungal potency capable of combatting athlete’s foot and other fungal dermatological diseases, including dermatitis. For this purpose, camphene can be applied directly to the skin combined with sage, tulsi or holy basil, essential oil.

Anti-inflammatory: Inflammation and pain are among the conditions people most frequently look for getting a cannabis patient license. This is because the terpene profile of many cannabis strains can perform as part of the treatment for such conditions. Studies have shown that camphene, combined with other terpenes, can significantly reduce the pain associated with inflammation by lowering it and changing the perception we have about pain itself.

Anti-congestive and cough suppressing: Researchers studied tulsi essential oil and found camphene can work as a cough suppressant, an anti-congestive tool, and fight some respiratory illnesses such as bronchitis.

Anti-bacterial: In combination with camphor and other compounds, camphene displayed antibacterial properties and effectiveness in fighting three types of bacteria. A 2010 study suggested that cannabis products containing camphene could perform these properties as well. However, this is something that is yet to be confirmed in humans.

Anti-oxidant: The holistic Indian system of Ayurveda has been using camphene-containing juniper berry oil as one of their natural remedies for thousands of years. Combining camphene with citrus oils has shown the property to inhibit the oxidative stress that can compromise cell’s integrity, reducing the possibilities of tissue damage.

Cardiovascular improving effects: Camphene worked well to control and reduce “bad” cholesterol and low-density lipoproteins, acting as a lipid-lowering agent

Camphene Terpene Strains

Camphene can be found in small amounts being part of the terpene profile from various cannabis strains. Here is a shortlist of high camphene terpene strains:

  • Strawberry Banana
  • ACDC
  • Ghost OG
  • Banana Kush
  • OG Kush
  • Mendocino Purps

Is Camphene Safe for Pets?

When it comes to essential oils and pets, we must remember that their metabolism and most of their body system are entirely different from humans. What makes a substance like camphene so fragrant also makes them explosive. The smell we get is mostly the substance itself evaporating.

It is essential to be careful when administrating any kind of substance or medicine to our pets. Especially with some types of essential oils that can be a matter of concern when administrating to them. Essential oils that may contain camphene and that can be harmful to your dogs or cats are:

  • Nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon oils
  • Lemon and orange oils
  • Pine oil

There are some cautions everyone should consider when exposing their cats or dogs to essential oils, for example:

Differences in oils metabolizing: As we said, it is crucial to keep in mind that the metabolism system is different for almost every species. Particularly cats have difficulties processing phenols found in some oils, making the oil toxic for the cat.

Oils can be irritant: Cats and dogs have very perceptible noses. Small amounts of concentrated oil can be very intense or hard to stand for them and may even irritate their skin.

Reaction to pre-existing conditions: Oils can aggravate conditions like asthma.

Easy to absorb: Oils are absorbed through the pet’s skin and body system very easily when ingested or when pets come into contact with. This means that an essential oil overdose with your pet could happen if you don’t take the proper cautions.

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