December’s Terpene of the Month is Pinene, which is fitting as many families are busy putting up their trees for Christmas. What are some benefits of Pinene, where is Pinene found in nature, and why is it called Pinene? These questions will all be answered here.
Pinene is the most common terpene found in the natural world. While it is found in pine trees, Pinene can also be found in rosemary, basil, orange peels, turpentine, dill, and parsley.
While research is still being done on Pinene, some studies have shown that it may work as an anti-inflammatory or for relieving pain and anxiety. One study found that Pinene might work as a bronchodilator, which means that it can help open airways. Another potential benefit of Pinene is its ability to help combat short-term memory loss sometimes associated with THC.
“Pinene has been the subject of a study that proposes that it be used as a biofuel for spark-ignition engines.”
While Pinene is the most common terpene in the natural world, there are not many pinene-dominant cannabis strains. Big Smooth is an example of a Pinene-dominant strain, known for its potential pain-relieving effects. Most of the time, if you find Myrcene, you’ll find Pinene, as they go hand in hand.
While there is still more research to be done about Pinene, we have been able to see its potential benefits in the body.
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Rahn, B. (2015, April 2). What is pinene and what does this cannabis terpene do? Leafly.