Pictured: Pine Needles @pixabay

   The terpene Pinene is the most widely found terpene in nature and imparts a strong piney aroma characteristic of pine trees and their needles.  Other than pine trees, needles, and cones, Pinene is found naturally in dill, rosemary, parsley, cedar, basil, turpentine, and eucalyptus. Pinene is a known bronchodilator, and expectorant, meaning it can ease breathing by opening or clearing the airways when inhaled. Cannabis strains that are high in Pinene could potentially be more tolerable to smoke, for those with lung issues. Different studies have shown Pinene to have an anti-inflammatory effect via multiple pathways in our body, including interacting with the prostaglandin receptors that are involved in inflammation, blood flow, formation of blood clots, labor induction, and contractions. Studies show Pinene has powerful activity in the brain and has the potential to be a memory aid, mitigate the psychoactive effects of consuming too much THC, and treat cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. The mechanism behind Pinene’s ability to improve cognitive function and memory is its ability to block the enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine, thus allowing for greater concentrations of the neurotransmitter in the brain. Pinene has shown strong activity against MRSA and other bacteria. Strains with very high levels of Pinene often have Sativa strains in their lineage.

Higher Grade strains with a relatively high percentage of Pinene: Granola Funk, Dubble Cookies & Cream, Sueño, Tangerine Power