Terpenes Terpinolene and Terpineol

What are the Terpinolene & Terpineol terpene effects?

Terpinolene: Terpinolene is used as an aroma agent in soaps and perfumes, and as a component of some insect repellents. As opposed to other terpenes found in cannabis, terpinolene is neither an analgesic nor an anti-inflammatory. However, this terpene is studied for its antifungal and antibacterial properties, and for its mild sedative action. It is one of the actors in the synergetic performance that enhances the action of THC and CBD. Terpinolene is most commonly found in strains with a sativa dominance.

Terpene Terpinolene

  • Also found in: nutmeg, tea tree, apples, cumin, lilacs, sage
  • Aroma: herbal. fresh, woody, pine, citrus, sweet,
  • Effects: anti-cancer, sedative, antibacterial, antifungal, sedative, anti-cancer, antioxidant
  • Recommended Cannabis Strains: Jack Herer, Royal Jack Automatic, Pineapple Kush
  • Boiling Point: 361-428°F (183-220°C)

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Terpineol occurs naturally in many plants including marijuana. It has a lilac aroma and often found in high proportions in marijuana with high pinene levels. This monoterpene is a highly useful essential oil and it’s used as a fragrance in the cosmetics and perfume industry. It is one of the primary ingredients of all perfumes made from the lily. It is also used as an insecticide and a pesticide.Terpineol tastes like mint and its complex aroma can sometimes be confused as the smell eucalyptus. However, terpineol is hard to perceive in marijuana because of its large amounts of pinene. As a result of this, the pinecones of pinene dominates the pleasant aroma that gives off terpineol.


This terpene has strong medicinal and therapeutic values. It is one of the terpenes that create the popular entourage effect.

A study that was published in the Anticancer Research journal showed terpineol appears to inhibit the growth of tumors and help fight cancer. The study concluded that terpineol tends to work well in patients with small cell lung carcinoma.

Terpene Terpineol

  • Also found in: yellow root, chamomile, St. John’s wort, mugwort, basil, oregano, geranium, parsley, mother’s skin, laurel, cloves, anise, thyme, ginger
  • Aroma: floral, lilacs, pine
  • Effects: sedative, anti-anxiety, antioxidant, analgesic, anti-carcinogenic, anti-tumor
  • Recommended Cannabis Strains: Jack Herer, OG Kush, White Widow, Girl Scout Cookies
  • Boiling Point: 361-428°F (183-220°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.