The δ-3-carene, whose term in the official IUPAC nomenclature is: 3,7,7-trimethylbicycle [4.1.0] hept-3-ene is a bicyclic monoterpene with a brute or molecular formula: C10H16.
The δ-3-carene constitutes one of the components of turpentine. It has a sweet and pungent smell. It is not soluble in water, but miscible with oils and fats.
Sweet orange essential oil is often used to sophisticate many other citrus essential oils. The presence of delta-3-hulls, naturally present in sweet orange essence, often reveals this sophistication.
This substance has a scent reminiscent of lemon, musk and pine. Like other terpenes, it is an insect repellent but also exhibits interesting anti-inflammatory, antifungal and bone healing properties.
Δ-3-carene can also be found in basil, pepper, cedar, pine, rosemary and turpentine. This bicyclic monoterpene can be effectively extracted from various plants and is a component of many essential oils used in aromatherapy. It is also used as a flavoring for food, cosmetics, insect repellents and other products.
The δ-3-carene has some valuable properties that are still under research. Among its potential benefits for the body and brain are anti-inflammatory, antifungal effects and a positive action on the central nervous system. However, the most interesting therapeutic feature of δ-3-carene is probably its ability to aid in bone healing.
As with other terpenes, δ-3-carene is not toxic but can cause irritation if inhaled. The cannabis flower often develops δ-3-carene among its protective chemical compounds, although this is not one of the most abundant terpenes. Despite the potential therapeutic properties of δ-3-carene, its ability to remove fluids from the body, including saliva, makes it a controversial terpene among recreational users.
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