Camphene is a terpene that is said to have strong properties that aid in the relief of pain. It also exhibits high antioxidant properties. Camphene is considered to be combustible and contains carcinogenic smoke if you heat it to a high enough temperature. Back in the mid 1900’s, camphene was used to fuel lamps. Once it was realized to be explosive and deemed a threat to safety, the methods changed.
Camphene has been noted to irritate the lungs and throat. Admidst the various negative issues that have been reported, it does have various therapeutic benefits. Camphene can be used in the treatment of inflammatory lung diseases. A study that was conducted in 2012 revealed that at a dose of 200 mg, mice could manage free radicals in the body much more effectively than those without.
This study proved its antioxidant properties. Another study that was done in 2009 showed that camphene can have a positive impact on nociceptive pain. Because of the various studies done, researchers have continued to include camphene in their research on ways to treat pain and inflammation in the body. This terpene is best used topically to avoid the toxic and combustible safety issues it can pose. Camphene smells like an earthy pungent/musky smell with a hint of pine.
It can be found in conifers, nutmeg, rosemary, ginger, and many different oils, fragrances, and creams. Eczema and psoriasis have been treated with camphene which reveals that it may contain anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Indica strains are said to contain a higher chance of camphene being in them than sativa strains of cannabis. Camphene is most typically created from pinene, which is another terpene in cannabis.
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The camphene in this topical cream I’ve been using on my eczema has really seemed to be working.