Borneol: Useful Things To Know About This Cannabis Terpene

What is borneol?

Borneol is a terpene – a naturally occurring compound found in herbs, fruits and plants, including cannabis. Our Cannabis Terpenes Series delves into the impressive properties of terpenes so you can understand why these organic compounds are important to consider as a medical cannabis patient. 

When discussing the advantages of medical cannabis, we often emphasise the importance of cannabinoids like THC and CBD. However, it’s worth considering the role of terpenes in maximising the benefits of medical cannabis. Experts call this the ‘entourage effect’, where cannabinoids and terpenes work together to enhance each other’s therapeutic qualities.


What is borneol terpene? Borneol is a terpene - a naturally occurring compound found in herbs, fruits and plants, including cannabis

Where is this terpene found?

Borneol naturally occurs in thyme, rosemary, ginger, sunflowers and some subtropical plants. Borneol is one of the many terpenes found in the cannabis plant and is considered a secondary terpene, as it appears in minor amounts.

What does borneol smell like?

This compound has a fresh and minty herbal aroma, similar to eucalyptol, with a distinct camphor-like smell and a slightly earthier overall scent. Cannabis strains containing borneol may have a woody menthol smell.

What are the health benefits of borneol? The terpene borneol can enhance the benefits of medication, reduce inflammation and relieve pain

What are the health benefits of borneol?

Helps to reduce inflammation

Research suggests this terpene can help to reduce inflammation thanks to antihyperalgesic properties.  

Can enhance the benefits of medication 

Studies show that borneol can enhance drug effectiveness by increasing nanoparticle distribution in the brain.

Helps to relieve pain

This terpene possesses analgesic properties, which means it has the potential to relieve pain while also promoting relaxation.

How should I vape cannabis with high levels of this terpene? 

Heating cannabis flower activates its therapeutic properties, but effective temperature control optimises the benefits of the cannabinoids and terpenes.

For example, the boiling point for CBD is between 160-180°C and THC is at around 157°C, while the boiling point of terpenes is slightly higher and varies between 180°C and 250°C.

To maximise the benefits of borneol-abundant cannabis strains, set your vape temperature to around 210°C.

Prescribing the right strain of medical cannabis

From reduced inflammation to chronic pain relief, borneol’s therapeutic properties have the potential to support those looking for holistic and natural solutions for their long-term health conditions.

Patients who are looking to harness the benefits of medical cannabis can check their eligibility here. Our specialist consultants address the specific needs of each patient through bespoke treatment plans using cannabis-based prescription medicines (CBPMs).