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We’re back with Terpene of the Month! Every month, we’ll dive into the world of cannabis terpenes and discuss their history, potential uses, and what strains to find them in. Also, stay tuned for a couple of fun editions where we “revisit” some of cannabis’ most prevalent terpenes. 

In the cannabis world, there are over 100 different terpenes found in the plant. While most strains are abundant in Myrcene, b-Caryophyllene, and Limonene, there are a lot of “second-tier” terpenes worth discussing. One such terpene is perfect for the beginning of the year, as the air is cool and the snow is falling. That terpene is Borneol.

Borneol is a terpene that most people liken to Menthol. With a taste and aroma described as “herbal” and “balsam,” this nature-centered terpene fits right at home with certain “minty” strains.

In cannabis, Borneol can be found in mostly Kush and Haze strains, specifically in strains like Sour Diesel, OG Kush, and Amnesia Haze. Found in records dating back thousands of years, Borneol was used in Chinese medicine to help treat coughs and colds, helping to relieve fevers and increase blood circulation.

In nature, Borneol can be found in ginger, rosemary, camphor, and thyme. If you’ve ever had a Ricola, you might have felt the cooling power of Borneol. 

A study from 2017 found that Borneol might help as a topical analgesic, which ties back to the traditional use of soothing coughs and colds. While most have seen THC and CBD used as topicals in the cannabis market, Borneol may pair well with certain brands and topical blends. As always, there is still research to be done and we do not present any of this as fact. 

Borneol is a terpene known for its herbal, almost minty flavor and aroma, and with its uses for thousands of years, we now know why so many consumers are turning to strains with Borneol. Want to know more about cannabis terpenes and their possible effects? Click here to go to our blog. Also, feel free to check out our menu by clicking here



Leafly. “What Is Borneol? | Cannabis Glossary | Leafly.” Leafly, https://www.leafly.com/learn/cannabis-glossary/borneol Accessed 5 Feb. 2024.

“Borneol Terpene – Lab Effects.” Lab Effects – Premier and Trusted Source for Botanical Profiling, Extraction, Purification and Custom Formulation of 100% Natural Cannabis Terpenes, 17 Sept. 2019, https://labeffects.com/terpene-glossary-borneol/#:~:text=Borneol%20can%20be%20found%20in,Diesel%2C%20and%20Girl%20Scout%20Cookies.