Alpha-pinene (α-Pinene)

Alpha-pinene is the most common yet powerful terpene in nature and in cannabis.

It is the same terpene that gives evergreen trees their smell.

Potential benefits include anti-inflammatory properties and halting cancer growth. 

Alpha-Pinene is broadly used with Terpineol, Linalool, and other Sandalwood fragrances. 

Colorless, organic oil with a fresh, earthy scent

Alpha-Pinene is used as a flavoring agent in oils and diffusers.

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What is Alpha-pinene?

Alpha-pinene is a naturally occurring terpene generally found in orange peel, rosemary, eucalyptus, and pine trees. You may have also heard if its identical terpene Beta-Pinene. However, there’s a significant difference between them. Alpha pinene is unsurprisingly pure, clear, transparent, and smells of pine trees.

 

Many cosmetic brands use Alpha pinene in their products as a flavoring agent to small them like pine tree forests. 

As per the research, it is believed that Alpha-pinene helps in delivering a better entourage cannabis experience. 

When combined with different cannabinoids, Alpha-pinene terpene does produce strong sativa strains – a compound that stimulates your mind and produces an anxiety-reducing effect.

Effect of Alpha pinene with Cannabis

Alpha-pinene (α-pinene) is one of the most prominent terpenes that we come across on a daily basis. However, you might haven’t noticed; Alpha-pinene is popularly used in household products, cleaners and it has a variety of therapeutic properties.

It was also found useful for patients with Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease. 

Alpha pinene combined with cannabis can be used for brain health. Current research proposes that alpha-pinene is a relevant terpene for further investigation as viable medications for illnesses such as stroke, inflammatory, ischemia, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and neuropathic pain - particularly migraine. Yet, evidence is mostly limited to preclinical studies. The possible usage of alpha pinene and cannabis – and its health-related benefits can only be concluded after the clinical trial. 

Plants Containing Alpha pinene

Basil

Dill

Cannabis

Parsley

Rosemary

Pine

Spruce

Juniper

Strains containing Alpha pinene

Blue Dream

Cannatonic

Grape Ape

Harlequin

Shark Shock

Pineapple Express

Citrus Sap

Vanilla Kush

Critical Cheese

Frank’s Gift

Cherry Limeade

White Fire OG

Blue Haze

Blueberry

Double Dream

What makes Alpha Pinene Special?

Terpenes, like pinene, play an important role in determining the therapeutic effects of different cannabis strains. They can enhance the positive effects of cannabinoids and reduce the chance of experiencing adverse reactions when using cannabis. This synergistic interaction is known as "the entourage effect" and explains why whole flowers/extracts are better than isolated compounds in the cannabis space.

 

Pinene's potential benefits include antioxidant, antimicrobial, and neuroprotective properties. It may also help mitigate the short-term memory impairment that many people experience when using high concentration THC.

How A-pinene interacts with Cannabinoids?
  • In combined effect with CBD, Alpha Pinene can stimulate antibiotic properties. And block inflammation.

  • pinene has been found to aid in memory retention.

  • pinene promotes bronchodilator effects, which is beneficial for the treatment of asthma and may increase alertness.

  • Alpha-pinene can counter short-term memory loss.