Terpene Spotlight: Terpinolene

Terpinolene is a somewhat elusive terpene — at least when it comes to cannabis. Most strains don’t have any at all and those that do

Terpinolene is a somewhat elusive terpene — at least when it comes to cannabis. Most strains don’t have any at all and those that do tend to have very low quantities.

Fortunately, Jack Herer consistently shows high levels of this terpene and it’s a popular, and thus easy to find, strain. While people have been using tea tree oil (which is naturally high in terpinolene) for its antimicrobial properties for centuries, we also found several interesting studies that show that this terpene has significant medical potential. However, not everything is as straightforward as tea tree oil: research shows that terpinolene has sedative effects on mice, but it only seems to be present in sativas or sativa-heavy hybrids. Clearly, we still have a lot to learn about this terpene and how it might affect us.

Therapeutic Uses of Terpinolene

Cannabis Strains High in Terpinolene

  • Jack Herer
  • Pineapple Kush
  • Pineapple Jack
  • J1

Other Sources of Terpinolene

  • Apples
  • Cumin
  • Cypress
  • Lilacs
  • Pines
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Tea Tree Oil

Terpinolene as a Functional Ingredient

This terpene has a piney fragrance with floral undertones and a sweet citrus flavor. While it’s not a big factor in any of our products, our Happy Belly tincture does feature sage. Without more research, it’s hard to say how or even if it can help improve digestion. Until we learn more, we’re happy to use an ingredient that could provide antioxidant and antimicrobial benefits.

How to Eat More Terpinolene

Cannabis research, especially terpene research, is still in the early stages. We simply don’t know the best way to use these compounds. That being said, terpenes are found in every plant and their strong scents and flavors contribute heavily to the way we enjoy foods. We don’t know if eating more terpenes will improve your health, but they are definitely a welcome addition to any meal.

Paleo Roast Chicken from Elana’s Pantry

Apple and Rosemary Whiskey Cocktail from Grey Is the New Black

Autumn Roast Pork from BBC Good Food

Apple Rosemary Chicken and Dumplings from Simply Whisked

Apple Rosemary Olive Oil Cake from Maggie Beer

Rosemary Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint Apple Sauce from Downshiftology

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2 thoughts on “Terpene Spotlight: Terpinolene”

  1. Hi There,

    The study claiming Terpinolene had sedative effects in mice only tested Patchouli Oil on the mice. This was observed to have a sedating effect. Without any further investigation, the team published a finding that Terpineolene, a tertiary compound in Patchouli at best, was responsible for the sedation.

    This is the sole source of the claim that it sedates.

    Separate studies have since since identified Patchouline as the active sedative in Patchouli Oil.

    Nearly all high energy energizing Strains of Gage possess significant Terpineolene. Even the few so-called Indicas which possess it are known to be atypical in their effect.

    I think it’s very clear that it is not sedating at all.

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