The nose knows – different cannabis strains have amazingly different aromas. And the magical little compound behind that symphony of scents? Terpenes! We’ve previously shined the spotlight on limonene and myrcene, and today we’re talking up one of the most researched terpenes around – pinene.
Terpenes, like pinene, are fragrant oils secreted in the trichomes of a cannabis plant. They’re also found abundantly in all kinds of plants and animals, originating as a defense mechanism against predators. And if you’ve ever inhaled deeply when you’re standing in a forest full of pine trees, you’re already familiar with pinene. Interesting, pinene is also measurable in everything from orange peels and conifer trees to herbs like parsley, dill, rosemary, and basil.
Effects & Benefits
If you use certain strains when you’re chasing certain effects, like relaxed sedation or focused energy, you’re taking advantage of terpenes. They don’t just impact the aroma of a cannabis strain, but the overall composition. And terpene ratios can likewise impact the strain’s effects as a whole. Cool, right?
Pinene has a number of recognized effects and benefits. These include:
- Promoting feelings of alertness
- Reducing inflammation
- Opening airways in the respiratory system
- Countering certain effects associated with THC, including anxiety, paranoia and short-term memory loss
- Protecting the lungs against certain kinds of viral infections
Looking for Pinene?
Things like flowering time and curing processes will affect the presence of pinene in cannabis, so it’s always a good idea to ask your budtender for lab results. Follow your nose too – strains that smell strongly of pine are a good bet. Ask about Kynd’s Tahoe OG Kush for a classic pinene-rich strain.