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Camphene is a terpene found in cannabis, as well as other plants. It is common to conifers, such as Douglas fir and camphor tree. It is also found in nutmeg, cypress oil, bergamot oil, and valerian, and is the distinguishing terpene found in camphor oil and mothballs. It is used as a fragrance and flavoring agent, and exhibits therapeutic properties with antimicrobial, antiviral, and pain-relieving effects, and can provide cough relief.

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What is camphene used for?

Camphene is the primary terpene of camphor oil, a common oil in parts of Asia that has been used for centuries. It has a wide variety of uses, specifically, it was used as a combustible material for torches and lanterns in ancient times, and was also added to fireworks to add brightness. However, because camphor is extremely flammable and dangerous to combust in large volumes, it is no longer used in these ways. 

Camphor was also mixed with rosewater and used as a fumigant for various plagues, including the Black Death of the 14th century. Today, camphor is well known and widely used commercially, particularly as a fragrance in cosmetics and a flavoring in foods. 

There is evidence that camphor exhibits several therapeutic properties, with antimicrobial, antiviral, and pain-relieving effects, and can provide cough relief. It is a common ingredient in modern medicine, most commonly in the form of topical analgesics for the purpose of treating minor aches and pains. 

How to use camphene

Due to camphor’s prevalence in the market, camphene can be found in a variety of topical analgesics. Beware, it has a strong smell, so take that into account when deciding how much to use and where. If using for the purposes of pain relief, rub the topical containing camphor directly onto the target problem area of your body.