What is Pinene?

Pinene is an aromatic compound commonly found in conifer trees, orange peels, turpentine, pine needles, rosemary, dill, basil, and parsley. Alpha-pinene emits a distinct scent that smells just like a forest of pine trees. However, pinene contributes more than just flavor to a strain’s experience. Terpenes like pinene are oils produced in cannabis trichomes that were originally used as the plant's defense mechanism against predators. However, these compounds offer a variety of potential benefits.

Benefits of Pinene

Pinene has a very unique trait where it has the potential to open up airflow pathways. During a study conducted in 2014, it was found that pinene showed great anti-inflammatory and respiratory airflow benefits. This suggests that pinene's bronchodilator properties could help alleviate symptoms of respiratory conditions, potentially making it beneficial for those with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Pinene is also expected to give the following effects when combined with your favorite grass:

  1. Enhanced Mental Clarity: Pinene is often associated with a sense of mental alertness and clarity. When present in strains, it may contribute to a more focused and energizing high. Users may feel more mentally sharp and capable of tackling tasks that require concentration.

  2. Reduced Anxiety: Some users report that pinene-rich strains have anxiolytic properties, meaning they can help alleviate feelings of anxiety and stress. The uplifting and invigorating effects of pinene may promote a sense of calmness and well-being without inducing sedation.

It's important to note though that any terpene's effects will be unique to the user and the other terpenes they've taken at or around the same time.