ˈbisəˌbȯl-ȯl | Noun


A terpene found in cannabis that is also commonly produced by the chamomile flower. Bisabolol is known for its light, sweet and floral aroma, as well as its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anti-irritant, and analgesic properties. This terpene has been utilized in cosmetics for centuries for the perception that it has skin-healing properties.


“Did you know bisabolol is a terpene found in both weed and chamomile?”


“This weed has a floral aroma; maybe there’s bisabolol in it.”

More about Bisabolol

Bisabolol is a monocyclic sesquiterpenoid alcohol produced by numerous varieties of cannabis, the chamomile flower, and the Brazilian candeia tree. The colorless oil of bisabolol is typically derived from German chamomile, native to Western Europe, but with the ability to grow in India and the United States, among other places. “Bisabolol” is also known as Levomenol, and can be used interchangeably when describing any of the various isomers like alpha-bisabolol. Under all its monikers, bisabolol has a centuries-long history as a beauty elixir, wound healer, and now, as a potential cancer treatment.

Bisabolol in Everyday Life

As the main component in the essential oil extracted from the chamomile flower, bisabolol may be familiar to tea drinkers, but the terpene has diverse usages. For hundreds of years, bisabolol has been integrated into make-up and other beauty products.Today, cosmetics companies tout products containing bisabolol as tranquilizing, soothing, and calming – some of the qualities associated with chamomile tea. Doubling as a scent enhancer, bisabolol is an ingredient in skincare products such as moisturizers and cleansers. The terpene’s subtle and sweet aroma also makes it a popular essence to add to perfumes.


Bisabolol is often blended into shampoos and conditioners. The terpene is also believed to promote the skin’s natural healing process, making it a common ingredient in sunscreen, anti-aging treatments, and eye cream. If you’ve ever indulged in a spa facial, there’s a good chance that bisabolol was somewhere in the mix.


A pleasant floral aroma combines with Bisabolol’s beautifying properties to encapsulate a luxurious experience for cosmetics companies to market to consumers.

Therapeutic Properties of Bisabolol

In addition to its widespread use as a fountain of youth in the cosmetics industry, bisabolol has a number of other therapeutic properties.


Anti-inflammatory: Safe for topical application to the skin, bisabolol has been shown to reduce skin inflammation in animals. Such studies demonstrate bisabol’s potential to aid in treating inflammatory skin conditions like dermatitis and hives.


Anti-microbial: Paired with tea tree oil, bisabolol maybe beneficial in treating bacterial oral conditions like halitosis. Studies have shown that these “bad breath” bacteria are reduced in the presence of tea tree oil and bisabolol.


Anti-irritant: Similar to how chamomile tea can soothe a sore throat, bisabolol may have equivalent effects on the skin. However, despite its widespread use as an anti-irritant in cosmetics, some clinical research has demonstrated that bisabolol has no effect whatsoever on skin irritation.


Analgesic: Numerous scientific studies have investigated bisabolol’s potential role as a pain reliever. Researchers are particularly interested in establishing a link between bisabolol and pain relief in chemotherapy patients.  

Role of Bisabolol in Cannabis and Cancer Treatment

Cannabis varieties that may produce bisabolol include AC/DC, Harle-Tsu, Headband, OG Shark, Oracle, and Pink Kush. Because all terpenes are easily vaporized by heat, bisabolol may enhance the sensory experience of cannabis as it interacts with the present cannabinoids.


Bisabolol in cannabis may serve several medicinal purposes. One medical study in the Journal of Translational Medicine cited bisabolol as a killer of acute leukemia cells. The study was performed on human cancer cells outside the human body, so it has limitations when it comes to determining whether the results would be the same inside the human body. The findings of this study support the results of other research which has found bisabolol-rich chamomile to inhibit the growth of breast, ovarian, skin, and prostate cancer cells. These studies present bisabolol as an emerging potential therapy for cancer patients whether through the inhalation of medical cannabis, topical application or sublingual application.  

Bottom Line

Bisabolol may be known for its gentle fragrance perfect for afternoon tea, but it also shows promise as a useful tool in the fight cancer and other diseases.