Terpene Spotlight: Terpinolene
Terpinolene is a somewhat elusive terpene — at least when it comes to cannabis. Most strains don’t have any at all and those that do tend to have very low quantities. Fortunately, Jack Herer consistently shows high levels of this terpene and it’s a popular, and thus easy to find, strain.
While people have been using tea tree oil (which is naturally high in terpinolene) for its antimicrobial properties for centuries, we also found several interesting studies that show that this terpene has significant medical potential. However, not everything is as straightforward as tea tree oil: research shows that terpinolene has sedative effects on mice, but it only seems to be present in sativas or sativa-heavy hybrids. Clearly, we still have a lot to learn about this terpene and how it might affect us.
Therapeutic Uses of Terpinolene
- Offers some protection against heart disease.
- Inhaling this terpene sedates mice.
- Shows antimicrobial and antifungal properties.
- Prevents brain tumor cells from replicating themselves.
- Shows antioxidant properties.
- Potentially slows the growth of cancer.
Cannabis Strains High in Terpinolene
- Jack Herer
- Pineapple Kush
- Pineapple Jack
Other Sources of Terpinolene
- Tea Tree Oil
Terpinolene as a Functional Ingredient
This terpene has a piney fragrance with floral undertones and a sweet citrus flavor. While it’s not a big factor in any of our products, our Happy Belly tincture does feature sage. Without more research, it’s hard to say how or even if it can help improve digestion. Until we learn more, we’re happy to use an ingredient that could provide antioxidant and antimicrobial benefits.
How to Eat More Terpinolene
Cannabis research, especially terpene research, is still in the early stages. We simply don’t know the best way to use these compounds. That being said, terpenes are found in every plant and their strong scents and flavors contribute heavily to the way we enjoy foods. We don’t know if eating more terpenes will improve your health, but they are definitely a welcome addition to any meal.
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