What Is Pinene And Why Does This Terpene Matter?
Pinene is the most abundant terpene in the world.
It is made by a vast number of plant types including cannabis, as it has an insect-repelling role.
It is the main aroma of a pine or conifer forest, hence the name.
It’s a mono-terpene and bi-cyclic in shape, which means it’s very small and readily evaporates permeating the air and is easily detected by the olfactory bulb in your nose.
There are some 120 studies examining the benefits of what the Japanese call ‘forest bathing’.
Forest bathing involves immersing yourself in nature while walking through the pine forests.
This implies that smelling the pinene scent and activating your smell receptors might be enough to give effect.
Pinene can interact with the serotonin and adrenergic receptors in the brain, which may contribute to anti-depressant and anti-anxiety effects.
Pinene has been shown to be a bronchodilator at low levels, which means it makes breathing easier.
Pinene is anti-inflammatory and has been shown to be anti-biotic as well.
Most interestingly, pinene seems to moderately inhibit acetylcholinesterase, which is an enzyme target of an Alzheimer’s drug.
This implies that pinene can aid memory or counterbalance the amnesic effects of THC.
Anecdotally, pinene is considered to be an uplifting element in the cannabis entourage of compounds.
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