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Terpene Guide: What Is Pinene & How Does It Show Up in Cannabis?

Welcome to the first of many features in our Cannabolish Terpene Guide! Here, you will get the scoop on different terpenes, what they are used for, what cannabis strains to find them in, and more. Before you know it, you will be the resident terpene expert amongst your group of cannabis-loving friends. 

The “star terpene” this week is pinene, the most-commonly found terpene in nature! Did the name give it away? Read on to see if pinene is the right terpene for you!

What is Pinene?

Pinene (Pn) is a lovely, aromatic organic compound that is found primarily in pine needles, so it — you guessed it — smells like pine trees! Not only is pinene found in pine and other evergreen trees, but it can also be found in your favorite fresh cooking herbs like rosemary, basil, and parsley, as well as in orange peels. Pinene odor sounds pretty pleasant, doesn’t it? When pinene is added to your favorite strain of cannabis, you will taste notes of cedar and pine that will enhance your smoke session.

Pinene Uses in Everyday Life

Why would someone choose a cannabis strain that contains pinene terpenes? Pinene is most-used to aid in anxiety, as well as pain relief and inflammation. But where pinene really differentiates itself among other strain terpenes, is its possible effects on the respiratory system and the ability to open airways. Like taking a fresh breath right in the middle of pine tree-filled forest (or, Christmas tree farm).

Where is Pinene Found in Cannabis?

If we’re breaking down the science of it all, it’s important to learn how the pinene terpene works with cannabinoids to give you the state of relaxation and painlessness you’re craving.

Pinene terpenes work hand-in-hand with CBD to stimulate relaxation and block inflammatory and pain receptors. And together with THC, pinene will open up your airways. But if you’ve experienced negative effects (higher anxiety and memory loss) with THC, pinene can work to combat those, too. 

Which Strains are Pinene-Dominant?

While it’s possible to find strains in your local dispensary that are predominantly myrcene, limonene, or caryophyllene, strains that are purely pinene-dominant are not as common. In fact, pinene terpenes tend to appear in cannabis as a strain’s second most abundant terpene, according to Leafly. Some popular, pinene-dominant cannabis strains on the market are:

  • Big Smooth
  • Cannatonic
  • Cotton Candy Kush
  • Critical Mass
  • Grape Ape
  • Green Crack
  • Remedy
  • Snoop’s Dream

While consuming pinene at low levels in cannabis has been shown to have some health benefits, it’s important to keep in mind that essential oils tend to have a higher concentration of chemicals and could cause negative side effects. Make sure to consult a doctor before using an essential oil for aromatherapy or topical purposes. And of course consult a budtender at your local dispensary if you want to hear more about pinene-dominant strains.

Why is Cannabolish So Effective Against Cannabis Odor?

Learning about terpenes is a fantastic way to branch out and try different strains for the first time, but they’re also the primary source of the unique stink of cannabis. Once you’ve found some of your favorite strains, you can keep odors at bay safely and effectively with Cannabolish.

We developed Cannabolish Odor Removing Spray and Candles with the power of plant oils and natural ingredients to fight odors from cannabis before, after, and even during your next session. Simply set an Odor Absorbing Candle in a discrete location in the room and allow the fresh essence to get rid of odors from your favorite, limonene-dominant strains.

Spray Cannabolish in closets and on fabrics to eliminate cannabis odor locked in garment fibers, or take Cannabolish on the go to eliminate odors in your car. Cannabolish is versatile, discrete, and effective against the odor profile of every strain.


Keep Reading:


Best Terpene for Focused-Related Activities 

Terpene Guide: What is Myrcene? 

Terpene Guide: What is Terpinolene? 

Terpene Guide: What is Caryophyllene? 


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