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Pinene - The Forest Terpene

Pinene is an extremely beneficial terpene. Unfortunately, even though it is the most commonly found terpene in nature, it is becoming a rarity in modern day cannabis cultivars. Due to extensive efforts to breed it out of lineage due to what some people consider an “undesirable aroma,” strains high in Pinene are few and far between these days. A vast contrast to the cultivars of weve seen in the past.

Pinene, as the name suggests, is one of the most prominent terpenes found in Pine Trees. If you’ve ever wandered through a coniferous forest and experienced improved breathing, and maybe even a boost in mental clarity, that’s likely due to the levels of pinene in the air around you.

a coniferous forest with tall pine trees and mossy ground with sunlight beaming through the gaps in the forest canopy
Taking a stroll through a coniferous forest can lead to improved breathing and a clearer mind due to the Pinene in the air.

“Like other major terpenes, the medical efficacy of pinene is multifaceted, offering anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and even dermatological benefits. Pinene has even been found to be a valuable ingredient in topicals for the treatment of acne.

This important terpene has also been shown to improve energy levels and mental focus, making it popular among knowledge workers and hard-driving creative professionals. In addition, pinene works well as a bronchodilator, making this terpene valuable for those suffering asthma and related respiratory conditioners.

For those who may have consumed too much of the infamous psychoactive THC, pinene acts as a buffer, helping prevent panic attacks and other negative responses to becoming too high. This special terpene can accomplish this feat only because it is one of the few molecules permitted to cross the extremely selective blood/brain barrier, where it can modify the binding affinity and interaction of cannabinoids like THC with the CB1 receptors found in the brain and central nervous system.”

a tiny vial of pinene extract on a gold platform
Pinene extract can help clear the mind, and ease symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Cultivars high in Pinene should in theory produce clear headed effects, help with anxiety issues, and also aid in pain management.

Some suggested cultivars to be on the lookout for would be:

  • Big Smooth
  • Blue Dream
  • OG Kush
  • God’s Gift
  • Sapphire OG
  • Grape Ape
flowering cannabis plant in foreground with sun and pine trees in background
This particular phenotype of OG Kush has an extremely piney aroma.


 Now we know a lot more about Pinene, and the relationship it has with cannabis. How can we incorporate all this information into our cannabis experiences?

If any of the effects mentioned sound like desirable qualities you would like to experience from your cannabis, maybe begin experimenting with cultivars containing high compositions of Pinene, and rolling from there?



Tom Stevens

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