What is Alpha-Bisabolol?
Alpha-bisabolol, also known as bisabolol, is a terpene that you will find in some strains of cannabis flower. Besides cannabis, it is found in German chamomile. Chamomile tea smells strongly of alpha-bisabolol because the flowers have high concentrations of it. Alpha-bisabolol has a floral and sweet aroma that makes it a great fragrance and flavoring agent. This terpene is used commercially in many skin care products for its wound healing and skin absorption properties. In cannabis, alpha-bisabolol adds a subtle floral note to some strains. It is common to find it present in concentrates and vape cartridges even if it isn’t detected in the cannabis flower because of its large molecular size and high vaporization point. To see what products we have available that contain this terpene, check out our menu.
Where is Alpha-Bisabolol Found?
If you have ever enjoyed a nice cup of chamomile tea, then you have had bisabolol before and could probably recognize the smell. Alpha-bisabolol is also found in the bark of Candeia, a tree in Brazil and in Salvia runcinate, a perennial herb indigenous to South America. Some cosmetic products like face washes, shaving creams, lotions, and moisturizers contain this terpene for its sweet, floral fragrance and for its skin absorption and healing properties.
Potential Therapeutic Benefits
- Anti-Cancer and Anti-Tumor
- Increase Skin Absorption
- Pain Relieving
- Wound Healing
Cultivars with Alpha-Bisabolol
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