Terpene Isolates 101: Fenchol
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, foods, beverages, and aromatherapy infusions. In fact, adding terpenes to health and beauty products, cosmetics, vaporizers, foods and beverages, and aromatherapy infusions is a great way to add an extra boost of body-nourishing benefits to your products and make THC/CBD products more effective. This week, we're diving deeper into the antibacterial herbaceous terpene known as Fenchol.
Fenchol is a monoterpenoid and isomer of borneol terpenes. They are most commonly found in fresh, citrus-scented perfumes and cosmetics, though they are also found in many shampoos, candles, laundry detergents and fabric softeners. Fresh basil is one of the most common plants with high concentrations of Fenchol terpenes, though they can also be found in aster flowers, eucalyptus, and citrus.
Fenchol is a secondary terpene in cannabis. It’s known for its earthy, herbal scent that can sometimes taste quite piney and camphor-like. It’s used frequently in the fine-fragrance industry, though it’s also a popular food additive and cleaning additive for its antibacterial, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties.
Fenchol terpenes haven’t been studies as in-depth as many of the primary terpenes found in cannabis. However, we do have a decent understanding of its therapeutic benefits and potential uses. With that in mind, further study on Fenchol terpenes is necessary to ensure that Fenchol is 100% safe to use. Always consult your doctor before beginning any dietary supplement, including one with Fenchol.
Benefits of Fenchol Terpenes
While few studies have been conducted, we do understand that Fenchol, like most terpenes, is naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial in nature. In 2007, the results of a Turkish study revealed that Fenchol could inhibit the growth of 60+ bacteria strains. In 2013, a study tested the efficiency of Fenchol against microbes and found that it had significant antimicrobial activity.
In the same study, Fenchol paired with Linalool was found to also have antioxidant properties that could potentially help reduce the number of free radicals in the body and improve circulation, possibly lowering the long-term risk of heart disease.
Fenchol terpenes have also been tested for pain relief. In a 2014 study by Japanese scientists, results found that Fenchol can inhibit the receptors that release chemicals that signal pain in our bodies. Fenchol can reduce pain by reducing the protein in the body’s pain signaling system. In the same vein, Fenchol acts as a gentle anti-inflammatory agent.
Fenchol also has a tendency to affect our mood. These terpenes have a gentle earthy scent. They are soothing and tend to promote calm and relaxation, improve your mood, and reduce the symptoms of anxiety. Some evidence suggests that Borneol (which is where Fenchol comes from) acts as a neuroprotective, as well.
However, most interesting is the ability of Fenchol to help improve the permeability of the blood-brain barrier. This unique ability makes it easier for our bodies to absorb and process medications and other drugs, which ultimately allows us to experience more potent effects in a smaller dosage. Fenchol accomplishes this in a similar way to its pain-relieving properties: by interacting with our receptors.
Natural Sources of Fenchol Terpenes
If you’ve ever smelled the lemony herbaceous scent of basil, you’ve smelled Fenchol terpenes at work. Fenchol terpenes are most commonly found in basil, citrus fruits, and eucalyptus leaves. Fenchol can also be found in a few cannabis strains in very low concentrations. Since Fenchol is an isomer of Borneol, it makes up less than 0.05% of natural cannabis strain’s terpene profiles. Strains like Bubba Kush, Master Kush, and Purple Kush contain slightly more Fenchol than most strains.
TLDR; Fenchol Terpenes
Improves permeability of the blood-brain barrier to help the body absorb medicines more effectively
Common Uses for Fenchol Terpenes
Whether through your favorite fruits and herbs or through a diffuser, Fenchol isolate smells and tastes great and works wonders within your body.
Fenchol terpenes can be safely added to all sorts of products to reduce pain, kill bacteria, and improve circulation. 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 Fenchol terpenes to foods and beverages to enjoy the anti-inflammatory, pain-reducing, and antibacterial properties within the whole body. A dash of water-soluble Fenchol terpenes in your favorite foods or beverages add an earthy herbal flavor that can help improve circulation, reduce pain, and boost your body’s natural ability to absorb medications.
Add Fenchol terpenes to essential oil diffusers and aromatherapy infusions to kill airborne bacteria, viruses, microbes, and fungal spores and help you breathe easier. The warm, herbaceous aroma is also great for promoting calm and relaxation or reducing symptoms of anxiety
Add Fenchol terpenes to cannabis concentrates and hemp oils made from strains with higher citrus/floral terpene content, such as Myrcene or Borneol since Fenchol is often found alongside these primary terpenes. Try it in products made from strains like Banana Kush and OG Kush. Fenchol terpenes 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 Fenchol 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.