the apothecarium las vegas a recreational and medical marijuana dispensary discuss terpinolene, a terpene found in cannabis

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.

Terpinolene is a cannabis terpene that displays a piney or woody aroma with hints of citrus and herbal spice.  Terpinolene can also be found in sage, rosemary, apples, tea trees, cumin and nutmeg. The strong aromatic properties of terpinolene make it a commonly used ingredient in soaps, perfumes, lotions, and insect repellents.

Typically found in sativa strains, terpinolene offers a mildly sedative effect and can reduce anxiety.  This may provide a more balancing experience with some of the more energetic properties many sativas display.  Although not as prevalent as other cannabis terpenes such as myrcene, which also acts as a sedative, terpinolene plays a key role in regulating health through the endocannabinoid system.  

Terpinolene doesn’t contribute to the analgesic or anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis, unlike most cannabinoids and terpenes, but does display antiseptic properties.  Terpinolene is frequently used in cannabis oils due to its lemon-pine flavor and numerous potential medicinal benefits.

A study from January 2013 examines the sedative properties terpinolene exhibits.  Terpinolene also shows potential as a cancer fighting agent from a February 2012 study demonstrating traits that inhibit cancer cell proliferation.  The antioxidant effects of terpinolene were studied in May 2015 with promising findings.

Terpinolene not only enhances aroma, flavor and effect, but uniquely contributes to the medicinal benefits cannabis can provide.  Cannabis strains rich in terpinolene are well worth seeking out to experience the effects for yourself. Feel free to ask any of our knowledgeable patient consultants to assist with any questions you may have.


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