Terpenes: Pinene


What is the terpene Pinene?

If your fresh cannabis smells like a Christmas tree and reminds you of winter break, you can bet it is high in the terpene Pinene. Pinene is one of the most commonly found terpenes in the natural world and in cannabis plants. Found in pine trees, dill, rosemary, and basil it is easily recognizable in both taste and smell. It provides a woody, pine like taste when smoked in cannabis and is popular with those who prefer more earthy tones. Pinene has a spicy, peppery smell that can tickle the nose and throat. However, Pinene is incredibly unattractive to insects, and can be used as a natural repellent. Synthetic versions of alpha-pinene and beta-pinene terpenes have been created and used as insect repellents.

Listen as our Program Manager, Alex J, discusses the benefits of pinene. See her other videos on our YouTube channel.

Benefits of Pinene

Cannabis high in the terpene Pinene can help aid in inflammation, respiratory conditions, anxiety, and short-term memory impairment. Pinene is a bronchodilator and can help open the airways. This helps aid those with respiratory conditions like asthma and can lessen asthma triggers by reducing hyperresponsiveness in the airways. In addition it has been seen as a potential aid in resolving bronchitis due to its antimicrobial traits. Those with Parkinson’s may find that it can aid in their short-term memory loss and depression.

What Are the Effects?

Cannabis high in Pinene has been shown to positively impact our brains and memories as well as affect our mood.  Paired with Limonene it is a powerful uplifter. It can be helpful for those with low moods or depression, however it may trigger anxiety in those who are sensitive. This combination of terpenes can produce effects that are similar to those of antidepressant medications. In research Pinene has also shown antitumor effects making it a powerful terpene against cancers.

Keep track of the products you try and which terpenes are most prevalent to see if Pinene dominant strains work well with you.

Look for local strains; Big Smooth, Blue Dream, Grape Ape, and God’s Gift.


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