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

There are over 200 identifiable terpenes in the world. Each with their own unique scents and flavor profiles that give plants and herbs their aromatic characteristics. Take rosemary, for example. In rosemary, camphene, pinene, limonene, and myrcene combine to give this complex, albeit versatile herb its piney and citrus scent profile.

The exact same principle applies to cannabis. Every strain has a one-of-a-kind terpene combination that contributes to the variety of fragrances and flavors you might experience after going to a dispensary for the first time and learning about all of the different types of cannabis on the market. But that’s not the only reason cannabis terpenes are so remarkable; there’s even some evidence to suggest terpenes might play a role in the different effects we feel from strain to strain.

This week’s featured terpene is Terpinolene — and while not the most dominant of the terpenes — it shows up and does its job in determining the flavor and scent of a number of cannabis strains. Find out more about everyday terpinolene uses and how this unique terpene shows up as a secondary terpene in many popular strains.

What Is Terpinolene?

If you’re dissecting a cannabis strain, you’ll discover that the terpinolene (Te) terpene is only found in small amounts. Don’t count it out as an important terpene, however. Terpinolene not only helps develop the smell and taste of whatever cannabis strains it’s in, but it also plays a role in a strain’s therapeutic qualities.

Terpinolene’s overall profile is often described as fresh-smelling and fresh-tasting with a hint of pine (like pinene), which is why you’ll find traces of this terpene in soaps and perfumes with other “fresh” plants and spices like lilac, cumin, nutmeg, and tea trees. Like many other terpenes, terpinolene odor smells like you would assume you’d get from cannabis strain in that it has a pine note to it. The freshness of terpinolene is what allows its cannabis strain to have rejuvenating and uplifting effects. Sounds like a pleasant high!

Terpinolene Uses in Everyday Life

It seems pretty obvious that a cannabis connoisseur would choose a terpinolene-dominant strain if they’re looking to feel energized and re-focused. The terpinolene terpene can be found in indicas, sativas, or hybrids, so if you have a preference, it’s possible to find terpinolene in all three. 

In everyday life, you can expect to find terpinolene in cosmetics, soap, and insect repellants due to its antibacterial properties. Terpinolene essential oils also exist and have been used to combat insomnia, restlessness, and anxiety. What’s more, terpinolene has been found to have an uplifting effect for those who have used the terpene, so that might be even more of an indication to try it. The same benefits are available to those who smoke cannabis strains that contain terpinolene.

Where Is Terpinolene Found in Cannabis?

Terpinolene presents itself as a dominant strain in about one in every ten cannabis strains and is most-abundantly found in sativa strains with higher THC content. With a fruitier disposition than other strains, terpinolene — like any terpene found on cannabis — cover the surface of the plant. 

The growing conditions, including environmental factors such as indoor or outdoor growing, and the care and attention that the grower has put into the cannabis plants affects how terpenes are expressed when someone uses cannabis. Something to keep in mind when you are trying different terpenes! When you visit your local dispensary, ask the budtender for their terpinolene strain recommendations.

Which Strains Are Terpinolene-Dominant?

Now that you’re getting to know more about terpinolene, your next question is probably: Which popular cannabis strains is terpinolene found in? Although in small amounts, you’ll get the flavor and scent of terpinolene in, amongst other strains, these favorites: 

  • Dutch Treat
  • Golden Pineapple
  • J1
  • Jack Herer
  • Orange Cookies
  • Super Lemon Haze.

It might not be a full or complete list, but those just listed are a handful of strains that are terpinolene terpene dominant that are worthy of being tried. As mentioned, although terpinolene found in sativa strains have elevated THC content, you’ll still find quite a few hybrids with terpinolene in them.

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 Caryophyllene? 

Terpene Guide: What is Pinene? 


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