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Talkin’ Terps: Heading into the woods with Pinene
October 9, 2020
If you’ve ever had a longing to get away from it all and be one with nature, you’re probably thinking about pinene. It’s the terpene that, as its name suggests, is responsible for the unmistakable scent of pine trees. As a so-called “major terpene,” pinene is heavily researched and is a common component in many of the most well-liked strain flavors and aromas on the market.
In cannabis, pinene has your back. It keeps you alert (as opposed to the terpene myrcene, which can zonk you out), might ward off short-term memory loss, and can offset many of the symptoms of anxiety that can bubble up after taking too much THC. Strains that are pinene-dominant can be great for first-time or casual medicators for this reason.
Healthwise, it makes sense that a terpene so abundant in the forest would be shown to promote better lung function. Alpha-pinene in particular has demonstrated promise in helping asthma patients. Add that to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits, and this terpene does wonders for your sense of well-being.
Pinene appears in some of the most aromatic spices in your kitchen drawer, and its scent is instantly recognizable in cannabis to even the untrained nose. Looking to spend the night deep in the pinene forest? Come see our patient advocates in Tempe and Sun City and talk terps with us!
The most commonly occurring terpene in the natural world thanks to its presence in coniferous trees. Also found in orange peels. Basically, if it smells good, it’s probably pinene.