What is Guaiol?

Guaiacum plant full of guaiol

If you have been following our articles on terpenes, you may have learned that there are many other compounds besides the common myrcene and limonene. This time, we will talk about a delicious and rare terpene, guaiol.

Guaiol is sesquiterpenoid alcohol, which is a natural compound present in a variety of plants. It is mainly found in the oily timber of the tropical guaiacum, a plant native to the South American Caribbean discovered by the Spanish after their conquest of San Domingo in the 16th century. You can also find it coniferous like the cypress pine. 

As pinene, guaiol also features a piney-like aroma reminiscent of evergreen trees. It is also called Champacol, and this not-so-common terpene is also present in some cannabis strains. It also seems to feature full-scale significant therapeutic benefits, and unlike most other terpenes that are oil-based, guaiol’s structure is a liquid. Due to its lower boiling point than the average for most of the other terpenes, guaiol needs to vaporize at low temperatures to take advantage of it thoroughly.

Guaiol Terpene Effects

Although there is still a long road to understanding the effects of guaiol fully, researchers have found that this rare terpene has a wide range of beneficial effects on the health of the human body, like:

  • Boosting cannabis’ healing and therapeutic effects
  • Anti-inflammatory effects
  • Analgesic effects
  • Anti-parasitic
  • Anti-microbial
  • Antioxidant 
  • Anticancer 
  • Insect repellant effects

Guaiol Aroma

Guaiol is responsible for the scents of many plants like nutmeg, tea tree, conifers, apples, cumin, and lilacs. It presents a refreshing piney and woody aroma with some undertones of rose in it. For this reason, guaiol is added to a large variety of foods and household items as an aromatic agent.

Guaiol Benefits

The wide range of effects guaiol can generate in the human body’s health can translate into real and potentially positive applications. Back in the past, Europeans used guaiacum in order to obtain guaiol to treat syphilis. Some people use this substance to treat coughs, congestion, gout, and P.M.S. To get a better understanding of the benefits guaiol effects can perform, let’s make a quick review on them.

  • Boost cannabis’ medical effects: We can say that guaiol plays a key role in how cannabis affects day-to-day functions in the human body. Guaiol can help people that suffer from joints pain or suffer from a fever by enhancing the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis.
  • Anti-inflammatory and analgesic benefits: A 2010 study done in vitro revealed that guaiol performs anti-inflammatory qualities.
  • Antibacterial and antioxidant: Guaiol has proven to be anti-microbial and anti-parasitic. It showed in vitro activity against Leishmania amazonensis. Further research demonstrated that guaiol could also fight Staphylococcus aureus. In a very similar in vitro experiment, researchers found this terpene proved to work as an antioxidant agent.
  • Anticancer benefits: Some in vivo and in vitro experiments done on mice demonstrated that guaiol fights cancer cells by reducing tumors and strengthening chemotherapy’s effects.

Guaiol Strains

Many people enjoy the woody, piney, and floral scent that guaiol adds to some cannabis strains’ smell profile. This, added to the many benefits it can offer, makes strains containing guaiol both very delicious and medical. We have listed some cannabis strains that are rich in guaiol for you.

Guaiol Rich Cannabis Strains

  • Chocolope
  • Blue Kush
  • ACDC
  • Cinex
  • Plushberry
  • Pennywise
  • Fruit Loops
  • Jillybean
  • Golden Pineapple
  • Chernobyl
  • Agent Orange
  • Blackberry
  • Kali Dog
  • Sour Diesel
  • White Widow
  • Royal Gorilla
  • Liberty Haze
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