Bisabolene

Definition - What does Bisabolene mean?

Bisabolene is one of more than 100 types of terpenes that can be found in the marijuana plant. Terpenes are what give cannabis its unique aroma and flavor.

Bisabolene, along with the other cannabis terpenes, is secreted by the plant’s glands. These glands are also where the plant produces its cannabinoids such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

Bisabolene is a sesquiterpene, rather than a monoterpene, and is also present in many essential oils, including lemon and oregano. All strains of cannabis have their own distinctive terpene profile composition. Some strains may contain abundant bisabolene and others may contain only trace amounts.

Hydrolife explains Bisabolene

Cannabis connoisseurs know that the various types and strains of marijuana all have their own very unique fragrances and flavors. In many cases, the smell is quite distinctive.

Bisabolene and the other terpenes are manufactured and secreted by the cannabis plant in its glandular trichomes as a survival mechanism. When the plant receives ample light, it tends to produce abundant terpenes.

The terpenes occur in the highest concentration on female cannabis flowers right before senescence. The strong aroma of terpenes acts as a natural insecticide to drive away predatory insects and also repel herbivores, which might consume the plant. However, beneficial insects find the smell of the terpenes attractive, which helps ensure that the cannabis plant is adequately pollinated as the smell lures in the would-be pollinators. All strains of marijuana feature their own terpene composition.

Many cannabis strains smell like either blueberries, cheese, diesel fuel, flowers, pineapples, citrus, skunks, and hundreds of other variations. The terpenes also make the plant flavorful for the user. They also afford users health benefits that medical marijuana researchers are continuing to study and discover. Some terpenes help the body's receptors bind successfully with THC, others affect the body’s dopamine production, and some terpenes also affect serotonin levels.

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