Terpene Tutorial: Intro to Pinene
Terpenes — These odoriferous molecules give cannabis its distinctive flavors like pine, citrus, and berry. But we’re also learning that various terpenes on their own produce different physical and mental effects when consumed. Scientists are studying the ability of terpenes to reduce tumors, eliminate anxiety, and even fight acne.
Cannabis produces over 200 different terpenes. Six top the list as the most well-known — and flavorful — of them all: myrcene, limonene, humuline, linalool, caryophyllene, and pinene. In this post, we’ll focus on pinene, a particularly pungent terpene that can open your lungs, lift your spirits, and remind your senses of the forest.
Pinene has a strong (you guessed it) pine flavor, and shows up in strains like Jack Herer, Blue Dream, and Chem Dawg. Like most terpenes, pinene exists widely throughout the plant world. In fact, it’s the most abundant terpene in nature — found in pine needles, citrus, sage, and rosemary, to name a few. Not coincidentally, many of the plants that share this terpene also share similar therapeutic properties.
Pinene’s qualities, uses, and where you can find it:
Flavors/Scents: Pine, Rosemary, Basil, Hops
Popular strains: Jack Herer, Chem Dawg, Bubba Kush, Super Silver Haze, Trainwreck, Romulan, Dutch Treat, Blue Dream, OG Kush.
Reported effects: It’s important to note that these studies did not use cannabis or get their pinene from cannabis. These studies examined the effects of pinene that was sourced from elsewhere in nature, most likely pine needles.
Increases energy and improves mental focus and memory. Good for depression and chronic fatigue syndrome. Study
Acts as a bronchodilator (opens the airways), making it useful for people with asthma and other respiratory ailments. Study
For more information on terpenes or available strains that contain pinene, come talk with one of our budtenders.
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Disclaimer: Consuming recreational cannabis won’t guarantee any of the results mentioned in this post, which were all achieved in laboratories under scientifically controlled conditions. If you have any of the serious health issues mentioned above, do yourself a favor and talk to your doctor about treatment options.
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