Happy Terpene Tuesday!
Today’s Terpene is: Pinene! Pronunciation: Py·neen
What does it smell like?
Surprise surprise Pinene smells like pine needles!
What is it found in?
Pinene is found in pine needles (of course), Basil, Rosemary, Dill, Parsley, Conifer Trees, Juniper, and Orange Peels.
What strains are pre-dominantly Pinene heavy?
Bubba Kush, Trainwreck, Blue Dream, Harlequin, Grape Ape, Cannatonic, Remedy.
What effects/benefits does Pinene offer?
Pinene is one of the most common terpenes in the natural world, its most common use is in cleaning products for sterilizing and cleaning surfaces. Especially living in the Pacific Northwest, we are very familiar with the Pine tree smell! So, when smelling flower, we can identify right away what strain is heavy in Pinene. However, Pinene dominant strains are usually uncommon and it is usually the 2nd most abundant terpene in a strain, so there’s a lot of the Entourage Effect happening with THC, CBD, and other terpenes.
One of the key benefits that Pinene offers is it can act as an anti-inflammatory! As well as stimulating antibiotic properties in synergy with CBD. This can be very helpful for people that suffer from arthritis and fibromyalgia. Even those with other pain inducing ailments, Pinene can help pain relief while also promoting relaxation for the body and the mind, including anxiety. In synergy with both THC and CBD this terpene creates a euphoria-like effect in tandem to mood enhancing effects as well as giving you a dose of energy and mental focus. This can also help those that suffer from depression.
A unique function of Pinene is its ability to improve memory aid as well as respiratory function. In synergy with THC, Pinene acts as a bronchodilator which means it helps to open airways and can help those that suffer from lack of lung function like asthma. In addition, Pinene may also help reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses. Pinene may also offer nootropic benefits, memory and other cognitive functions, by improving blood flow to the brain and blocking an enzyme known as acetylcholinesterase. Some of Pinene’s research as been about its anti-cancer properties as well!