Terpene Isolates 101: a-Bisabolol
Updated: Feb 21, 2020
If you're just getting started with terpenes, odds are you're wondering how each isolate can be used. Terpene isolates can be used in hemp, CBD, and cannabis products as well as concentrates, vapes, and even in foods, beverages, and aromatherapy infusions. This week, we're diving deeper into the stress-relieving chamomile scented terpene isolate alpha-bisabolol.
a-Bisabolol Isolate Terpenes
Alpha-Bisabolol, also known as a-Bisabolol or Levomenol, is a fragrant terpene extracted from many different flowers. It’s frequently found in chamomile tea, cosmetic products, and soaps for people with sensitive skin. You can also find it in a few cannabis strains though it’s technically a secondary terpene often overshadowed by more prevalent terpenes like Caryophyllene, Myrcene, and Linalool.
The FDA has declared a-Bisabolol safe for consumption as it doesn’t have toxic side effects. It’s light, sweet scent is used in many fragrances, lotions, and balms, though it can also be found in some teas and beverages like kombucha. Taken alone it offers a variety of health benefits, though when added to CBD/THC infused products, it can boost the effectiveness of its own effects as well as the effects brought on by cannabinoids in a phenomenon known as the entourage effect.
a-Bisabolol is known best for its relaxing and sedative mental effects that may alleviate the symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety. Plants containing a-Bisabolol have been used for thousands of years in holistic medicine and may be responsible for boosting the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabinoids, fighting infections, and protecting the skin.
Benefits of a-Bisabolol Isolate
a-Bisabolol comes with a variety of possible health benefits and wellness effects. While it’s a secondary terpene, a-Bisabolol may have a profound effect on a few serious health conditions.
For starters, a-Bisabolol may act as an effective antibiotic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antifungal, like most terpenes. Unlike other terpenes, a-Bisabolol may boost the effectiveness of prescription antibiotic medications. It may kill staphylococcus and e-Coli bacterium as well.
Like many other terpenes, a-Bisabolol also has anti-inflammatory properties that may help you recover from wounds and inflammatory skin conditions like eczema and acne. The science says that a-Bisabolol reduces the proteins made by your immune system that cause inflammation, called cytokines. In the same vein, it may reduce the swelling and pain that accompanies inflammatory body responses by reducing the amount of COX-2 enzymes you produce after sustaining an injury.
If you suffer from arthritis, you may be prescribed a COX-2 inhibitor to reduce pain, inflammation, and swelling. a-Bisabolol works in a similar fashion without the negative side effects of the prescription drugs which raise your risk of having a stroke because they lower levels of other vital hormones that protect your blood vessels.
a-Bisabolol may also be a viable treatment for pancreatic cancer. Lab studies have shown that a-Bisabolol terpenes can reduce the ability of these cancer cells to grow and spread. In a similar fashion, a-Bisabolol terpenes may cause cancer cells to die in a process called apoptosis to help prevent cancer cells from spreading.
Aside from body processes, a-Bisabolol may help improve your mood and sleep. It’s a gently sedative terpene and anecdotal evidence suggests that it can promote relaxation and reduce feelings of anxiety, depression, and stress.
Natural sources of a-Bisabolol Isolate Terpenes
a-Bisabolol terpenes are found in a handful of plants including Chamomile, Candela trees, and several cannabis strains. Cannabis strains high in a-Bisabolol include Oracle, Headmaster Kush, and Harlequin.
TLDR; a-Bisabolol Benefits
Supports the immune system
Promotes calm and relaxation
Reducing inflammation throughout the body
Stopping the growth of cancer cells in a lab setting
Rejuvenates and protects the skin
Common Uses for a-Bisabolol IsolateTerpenes
Whether through your favorite herbs and spices or through a diffuser, a-Bisabolol smells and tastes great and works wonders within your body.
a-Bisabolol terpenes can be safely added to all sorts of products to encourage calm, relaxation and a positive mental state. It can safely be eaten, drank, infused, and inhaled with a little bit of mixing. It can also be used to improve cannabis products like vapes and concentrates that may have lost cannabinoid potency or terpene content during extraction.
Add a-Bisabolol terpenes to foods and beverages to enjoy the skin-improving and anti-inflammatory properties within the whole body. A few drops in your evening tea tastes sweet and floral and can help you unwind at the end of the day with a boost of benefits that nourish the entire body and uplift the mind.
Add a-Bisabolol terpenes to essential oil diffusers and aromatherapy infusions to enjoy a delicate floral scent that promotes stress relief and kills airborne bacteria and fungal spores.
Add a-Bisbolol terpenes to concentrates and hemp oils made from strains with higher a-Bisbolol content like ACDC, Harle-Tzu, and Pink Kush. a-Bisabolol can make them smell and taste better and boost the potency of THC/CBD effects.
Just keep in mind that not all terpenes are created equal. Different terpenes will always have different effects, but they're not all made the same. We know you have a choice when it comes to terpene providers, but no other choice comes close to our level of quality.
At Peak Supply Co, our a-Bisbolol terpene isolates are extracted from all-natural food-grade fruit, flower, and nut oils in our state-of-the-art facility. With our proprietary extraction and refinement method, we remove plant materials and any leftover impurities, leaving behind the purest terpene isolates on the market. Best of all, we even offer sample packs so you can try them all.