Alpha-Pinene is one of the more well-known terpenes produced in Cannabis. Alpha-pinene is the most common terpene in nature and is responsible for the pine and turpentine aromas of marijuana. It helps increase the absorption of cannabinoids through the lungs. Alpha-Pinene is one of the major monoterpenes and has the tendency to react with other chemicals and primary terpenes limonene and other compounds. This terpene has a protective effect on the marijuana plant as it repels predators and attracts pollinators. It is said to increase mental energy and can inhibit acetylcholinesterase.
Acetylcholinesterase is a brain enzyme that can break down acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that is essential for cognitive functions and enhances communication between the neurons and the brain. Slowing the breakdown of acetylcholine is also known to delay the progression of Alzheimer disease because the hair levels will remain high. In a recent study, alpha-pinene was also found to have a limited ability to dilate the airways and provide relief to asthmatic patients.
- Also found in: orange peel, pine needles, rosemary, basil, parsley, dill
- Aroma: herbal, woody, piney and turpentine-like, with a slight cooling camphoraceous nuance and a fresh herbal lift
- Effects: alertness, memory retention, aids asthma, counteracts some THC effects, cough suppressant, expectorant, bronchodilator, anti-inflammatory, topical antiseptic, slows Alzheimer’s
- Recommended Cannabis Strains: Jack Herer, Chem Dawg, Bubba Kush, Trainwreck, Super Silver Haze, Skunk, Bubba Kush
- Boiling Point: 311 °F (155°C)
There is so much to learn regarding terpenes & cannabinoids. Bloom medicinals tries to break down the information & help our patients understand the DNA in which their medicine is made of.