Terpene Glossary

Chemical Properties

Flash Point: 93°F/33.8°C
Boiling Point: 318.2°F/159°C
Color: Colorless crystalline mass
Odor: Pungent, camphor-like
Cas#: 79 - 92 - 5
Molecular Formula: C10H16

Therapeutic Benefits

Analgesic: Relieves pain
Antioxidant: Prevents damage of oxidation to other molecules in the body
Antibiotic: Treatment and prevention of bacterial infections

About Camphene

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Camphene molecule

Camphene is a bicyclic monoterpene. It is soluble in organic solvents but mostly insoluble in water. It vaporizes at room temperature and has a pungent camphor-like odor. It is found in low concentrations in many essential oils such as cypress, nutmeg, rosemary, camphor, neroli, ginger, and valerian.

Camphene has been present in daily life since the mid-19th century, as it was used as fuel for lamps. Today, camphene is widely used in perfumes for its woody, piney scent, and as a flavor additive for food.

Because of camphene’s known ability to potentially target skin conditions1 like psoriasis and eczema, it is often used in cannabis salves and topicals. Other studies promote camphene as a potential anti-fungal2 and antibacterial agent.3 A 2011 study4 demonstrated camphene’s potential in regulating cardiovascular health.  Camphene has also shown great promise as a strong anti-inflammatory and pain reliever.5

Camphene is one of 150 minor terpenes found in cannabis. Camphene is commonly found in the cannabis strains ACDC, Banana Kush, and OG Kush.

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