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March 31, 2021

Terpinolene Terpene. Flavor, Effects and Benefits

The cannabis plant is rich in active compounds such as cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids that combined offer a certain entourage effect.

In this installment of our Terpene Series, you will learn about Terpinolene.

What is Terpinolene Terpene?

Terpinolene is one of the terpenes in the terpinene family. It is one of the most common terpenes and at the same time it is not. While it can be found in numerous strains, it is rarely the dominant or even a leading terpene in the profile.

Terpinolene Smell and Flavor

This terpene is unique in more than one way. While its siblings usually have a particular smell, like citrus in Limonene, and earthy flavor brought by Humulene, Terpinolene’s palette has a wide range - from floral and citrusy to herbal and woody with notes of pine. 

Terpinolene Uses, Effects and Benefits

The most common use is as for many terpenes in the cosmetics including soap, various lotions, perfumes due to its scent often being described as simply “fresh” or “crisp”. The food industry utilizes Terpinolene as a preservative and flavorant. Like a few other terpenes, Terpinolene is a natural pesticide and for that reason it can often be found in insect repellents.

The main things Terpinolene brings to the table in terms of effects is relaxation and sedation. Although terpenes, cannabinoids and flavonoids work together to create a unique effect and the final result may be energizing sativa effects, and in fact that is where high terpene percentage is usually found.

Because of its sedative properties, Terpinolene makes for a great ingredient in combating anxiety and sleep disorders like insomnia.

One of the studies showed that Terpinolene may have antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant properties which make it a great addition to products like soap.

It may have potential as an anti-proliferative, meaning it may inhibit cancer growth. Terpinolene may also reduce heart disease risk and improve cholesterol levels.

Where is Terpinolene Found?

In addition to being found in a number of cannabis strains, Terpinolene is also present in lilacs, apple trees, tea trees, conifers, parsnip, rosemary, sage, nutmeg and cumin.

Strains High in Terpinolene

Cannabis strains rich in the terpene are often sativa-dominant and include:

Dutch Treat Haze. An amazing flower with a very rare terpene profile predominant in Terpinolene, Humulene, and Farnesene.

Shipwreck. A rare sativa-dominant strain that offers a prolonged buzz despite its relatively low THC content - around 15%. 

Super Lemon Haze. A light sativa with an amazing zesty and citrusy aroma, and energizing effects.

Jack Herer. One of the most famous strains, this energy and creativity boosting sativa has a non-skunky loamy flavor with pine notes. 

Snowcap. The strain has a minty and citrusy aroma and offers a cerebral high that is euphoric and blissful.

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