Terpenes: The Essentials - Pinene
Written By Cameron Klar.
Terpenes are the aromatic oils that give each cannabis strain its individual fragrance and taste. These molecular compounds have also been known to carry an array of medicinal benefits. When combined with other cannabinoids and terpenes, the synergistic healing nature of cannabis truly takes effect but each terpene has unique characteristics of their own.
Pinene is one of the most common cannabis terpenes that carries a distinct pine scented bouquet. This aromatic terpene is also found in pine trees, rosemary, dill, basil, and parsley. There are two types, alpha-pinene and beta-pinene, but alpha-pinene is most prevalent in cannabis. Alpha-pinene is also the most naturally occurring terpene around the world.
Feelings of alertness and focus are common in strains containing high levels of pinene. Short term memory retention may also be improved, and creative inspiration can be stimulated through pinene’s cerebral properties. Pinene is also known to counteract some of the adverse effects of THC, such as paranoia.
Pinene shows great promise as a bronchodilator, aiding in respiratory issues such as asthma. A study in 2011 suggests pinene has potential for acting as an antiviral agent. It also contributes to the advanced anti-inflammatory properties cannabis yields.
Understanding individual terpene characteristics plays an important role in strain selection. Several strains are known to carry high pinene levels, found in sativas, hybrids, and indicas, well worth exploring to experience its varying effects. Feel free to ask any of our knowledgeable patient consultants to assist with any questions you may have.
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