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Overview - Borneol


Borneol is a minor terpene in cannabis and more abundantly found in turmeric, thyme, and ginger, for example. It is a compound frequently used in Traditional Chinese Medicine as an analgesic and was sold in pharmacies of old as a dry powder. Rowantinex is an over-the-counter terpene formula high in pinene, camphene, and borneol.

Recent research is elucidating borneol’s potential role as a drug-delivery enhancer via improved blood-brain barrier permeation of drugs for treating ischemia and Alzheimer’s Disease with synergistic effects. It may also help drugs cross mucous membranes and skin.

Borneol is thought to have anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-apoptotic, anti-microbial, anticoagulant activities, and improve energy metabolism.

Description of Borneol and Cautions

Concentrated borneol is a pale, white, lump-like solid. Isolated borneol is very toxic with a probable oral lethal dose of 50-500 mg/kg. This is roughly one teaspoon to one ounce for a 70kg (150lb) person.–PubChem

Scent Description

Woody, camphor, herbal

Natural Sources

Turmeric, thyme, rosemary, ginger

Summary of Borneol Effects

Antibacterial (middle ear infection)

Analgesia (via TRPM8)

Improved drug delivery through blood-brain barrier (via adenosine receptors)

Rowantinex (i.e., capsules containing pinene, camphene, cineol, fenchone, borneol, and anethol) may increase the expulsion of renal stones after shock-wave lithotripsy (via antispasmodic activity on smooth muscle in animal models)

May improve cell sensitivity to anti-cancer chemotherapy and increase cerebral uptake of 5-FU for brain metastasis

Potentially improve cancer treatment outcomes (via regulating ROS-mediated oxidative damage, MAPKs and PI3K/AKT pathway in human glioma cells, and regulation of HIF-1a expression via mTORC1/eIF4E pathway)

Preclinical anti-hypertensive and vasorelaxant effects, and improves autonomic impairment and baroreflex dysfunction in mice

In combination with Tanshinol, borneol may be therapeutic for pressure overload-induced cardiac hypertrophy with anti-atherosclerotic and anti-inflammatory effects (via regulating the mTOR/β-TrcP/NRF2 signal pathway)

Ameliorated post ischemic myocardial inflammation (via modulating MAPK, PI3K/AKT, and PPAR pathways in the compound drug CDDP)

May help simultaneously treat neuropathic pain and possibly prevent analgesic tolerance (via co-targeting NMDAR downstream signaling, GABAA receptors, and blocking TRPA1 in the spinal cord, and reduce prostaglandin E-2 levels)

GABA-A receptor activity may also explain anxiolytic, sedative, and antiepileptic properties in mice

May ameliorate cerebral ischemia nerve damage through multiple mechanisms (via inhibition of neuronal excitotoxicity, blocking of Ca2+ overload, resistance to reactive oxygen species injury in the acute ischemic stage, antagonize blood-brain barrier injury, intervene in inflammatory reactions, prevent neuron excessive death, and promote neurogenesis and angiogenesis in the treatment of ischemic stroke)

Last reviewed by Dr. Abraham Benavides M.D., 03-05-2022

Cannabis Strains High in Borneol

Golden Haze, K13 Haze, Sour Diesel, OG Kush, CBD Skunk Haze, Afghan Kush, Chocolope, Purple Kush, Lemon Skunk

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