Pinene (α-pinene, β-pinene) produces a sharp and fresh pine smell, and is responsible for the signature cannabis smell as well. It is a monoterpene found in every strain of cannabis, and ties with myrcene as the most common terpene in the cannabis species, depending on the strain. It was developed by the cannabis plant as an insect-repellent, though it’s been credited with producing alertness and memory retention, while counteracting many of the effects of THC. It’s used for asthma relief and memory enhancement, as well as its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Pinene is actually the most commonly encountered terpene in nature as a whole, and is found in rosemary, basil, parsley, sage, bushmint, dill and coniferous trees, to name a few.
It has been shown to assist with arthritis, skin disorders, acne, dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema. Cannabis strains with high pinene content include Jack Herer, Chemdawg, Trainwreck, Super Silver Haze, White Widow, Island Sweet Skunk and Blue Dream.
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