What is Pinene?Pinene is a terpene found in a variety of cannabis strains including hybrids, sativas and indicas. Cannabis plants with significant levels of pinene emit, you guessed it, a piney aroma common in pine trees and other conifer trees. Significant levels of pinene can also be found in rosemary, orange peels, dill, basil and parsley. Pinene can act as a natural insecticide that protects plants from pests and also offers antibacterial properties commonly found in other terpenes. Pinene offers unique benefits that may aid in opening the airways to the lungs that would be beneficial for those who suffer from asthma. Pinene has also been linked to enhancing one’s memory that could help aid in slowing the progression of Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Medicinal Benefits of Pinene
Currently, there is not enough research to claim that pinene is a proven treatment for any medical condition by itself. Pinene has been linked to several treatments aiding patients to breathe easier, reduce inflammation, kill bacteria and improve memory. Patients who develop bacterial infections may benefit from pinene as it has shown to have antimicrobial and antibacterial capabilities. Pinene is a bronchodilator as it has been shown to improve airflow to the lungs. While using cannabis to improve airflow to the lungs may sound odd, inhaling vapor with significant amount of pinene can help reduce the effects suffered by some asthma patients.
Common Cannabis Strains with PinenePinene is present in several cannabis plants but rarely at such a level that would be effective at fighting a disease. Anyone researching pinene as a method of treatment should consult with their physician to discuss appropriate dosing and methods of consumption. Below you’ll see a list of common cannabis strains with significant levels of pinene.
- White Widow
- Blue Dream
- Grape Ape
- Cotton Candy Kush
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