Better Know a Terpene: Terpinolene
Also found in: cumin, tea tree, conifers
Flavor briefing: fresh wood, sweet pine, citrus
Unlike most other terpenes found in cannabis, terpinolene is not an anti-inflammatory or analgesic. But this sweet piney terpene is still a winner in terms of flavor, effect, and health benefits.
Arguably one of Terpinolene's chief benefits is its potential use as a sleep aid. One study found Terpinolene to possess sedative qualities, likely due to a double bond in the terpene's side chain. This finding is good news for those who struggle to switch their bodies to snooze mode. If you have insomnia, give strains high in Terpinolene a try. The sedative effect could also be therapeutic for those who deal with anxiety. Next time you're feeling on edge try a strain that is high in Terpinolene and other sedative terpenes like Myrcene, Farnesene and Linalool.
Terpinolene was found in a study to be a potent antioxidant against bad cholesterol by protecting LDL (low-density lipoproteins) from oxidation. Oxidized LDL is bad for your cardiovascular health and can lead to heart disease. The study shows that Terpinolene can help prevent this oxidation from occurring which basically means that Terpinolene is a promising preventative method or could possibly even works as a treatment for heart disease, though more studies would be needed.
Because of its strong aroma, Terpinolene is used in furnishing care products, as well as laundry, dishwashing, and air care products.
If you think about it, it’s pretty impressive how diverse Terpinolene’s benefits are. You can use Terpinolene to unwind, to clean your furniture and as a preventative measure against heart disease. Alternative smoke session idea: Get out that strain high in Terpinolene, take a hit, relax, and go to town cleaning your furniture with your favorite Terpinolene-rich furnishing care product.
Chemistry products containing Terpinolene: