Understanding Pinene

Pinene, one of the most researched and documented terpenes found in cannabis, is available in two varieties: Alpha-pinene (sometimes denoted as α-pinene) and beta-pinene (β-pinene).

The alpha type carries a scent of pine needles and rosemary; beta-pinene conveys an aroma of basil, dill, hops, and parsley. The alpha variety is significantly more common in the cannabis herb and typically the variant being referenced if no distinction between the two is provided.

Pinene is the most common terpene in the plant world and produced in significant quantities by basil, cedar, conifer trees, dill, eucalyptus, oranges (mostly the rind), parsley, pine trees (mostly the needles), rosemary, and literally hundreds of other plants. It is even present in turpentine, which has been employed for thousands of years as a detergent, medicine, and paint solvent. This makes sense, however, given that turpentine is distilled from pine trees.

Strains rich in pinene span the sativa-indica continuum and include Blue Dream (sativa-dominant), Bubba Kush (indica), ChemDawg (hybrid), Dutch Treat (indica-dominant), God Bud from Beleave, Jack Herer (sativa-dominant), LA Confidential from Solace Health, Island Sweet Skunk (sativa), OG Kush (hybrid/debated), Romulan (indica), Mango Haze from WeedMD, Strawberry Cough (sativa), and Trainwreck (sativa).