Pinene is the most common terpene found in the natural world and is responsible for the familiar scent of pine needles. Enjoying strains with a higher concentration of pinene has been described as taking a stroll through a pine forest. This terpene is one of the most easily recognizable due to its distinct sweet, piney smell. It can also be found in orange peel, rosemary, basil, and parsley. If you enjoy pine flavored strains, chances are you have been consuming strains with a larger concentration of pinene.
While pinene is most abundant in the natural world through trees, fruits, and herbs, it is more uncommon to find pinene-dominant strains in commercial cannabis. Generally, it is found as the second most abundant terpene in many strains and has been linked to several benefits in consumers. Although research is ongoing, pinene is thought to provide anti-inflammatory benefits, relieve pain, act as a bronchodilator, and reduce anxiety. Most interestingly, research suggests that pinene may help combat the short-term memory loss caused by THC. (Yes, please!)
Although generally not the dominant terpene found in most strains, there are some that tend to contain a larger abundance of pinene on average. Cotton Candy Kush, Grape Ape and God’s Gift are a few examples of strains with a higher concentration of this interesting terpene. Big Smooth is a unique exception in that it is one of the few pinene-dominant strains out there. Whether looking for anxiety relief or a memory boost, this multifaceted terpene has several benefits to offer.