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2022-10-03 08:56:53

Terpenes 101: Cannabis Strains High in Pinene

Terpenes (terpenoids) are found in many plant species, which include cannabis.

They play a vital role in working within our endocannabinoid system and other beneficial cannabinoids like CBD to treat our ailments. Terpenes have beneficial properties and are responsible for the variation of flavour and aroma in cannabis plants.

They are chemical compounds in animals and plants that work as chemical messengers in our bodies.

Terpenes are oils that come from microscopic hairs on flower leaves, flowers, and female plants.

With one taste or whiff, you can instantly identify a cannabis strain, and if you are educated, you will know the beneficial effects the strain will have.

There are many flavours and scents associated with various cannabis strains. Some common describing words are citrus, pine, floral, woody, and berry.

Today, we are going to look at the terpene Pinene: what cannabis strains have it, the benefits, as well as

What is Pinene?

Pinene is the most common terpene in our world. This aromatic phytocompound is found in cannabis, and it smells like ( I’m sure you can guess) pine trees.

Besides cannabis, pinene is also found in orange peels, rosemary, basil, dill, and parsley.

Different terpenes produce various effects, just like cannabinoids. These attributes contribute to the smell and effects of certain cannabis strains.

Pinene is a terpene found in many cannabis varieties, but it is very rarely the dominant terpene.

Using cannabis strains high in pinene may help reduce swelling, and aching and promote mind/body balance.

What are the Benefits of Pinene?

While few clinical studies have assessed pinenes’ effects, this study says it is clear that terpenes like pinene have anti-inflammatory, antiallergic, and antimicrobial properties.

Another study published in January 2022 shows that thanks to advances in cannabis science, terpenes like pinene can be developed into a higher-quality medical cannabis oil

Phytocannabinoids like THC and CBD produce specific effects, but terpenes like pinene also play a critical role in the characteristics of cannabis strains.

Not only in effects, but in flair and fragrance profile as well.

For both medical and recreational Cannabis consumers, pinene is shown to have therapeutic potential. This terpene is also known to enhance a cannabis strain’s effects.

Pinene may reduce the effects of short-term memory loss often brought on by cannabis consumption, and it is also known to increase alertness.

This study published by Dr. Ethan Russo shows us the potential of all terpenes - not just pinene.

Dr. Russo explains that terpenes are pretty potent and have vast therapeutic potential.

Not only are terpenes beneficial on their own, but they synergize with other important phytocompounds like cannabinoids. This synergy is known as the entourage effect.

Pinene may be beneficial in treating pain, inflammation, sadness, and anxiousness.

Top Pinene-Rich Cannabis Strains

Now that you’ve brushed up on your terpene knowledge. Let’s take a look at cannabis strains that are pinene-rich.

Remember, pinene is very rarely the dominant terpene in a cannabis strain, but it is found in both indica and sativa dominant strains.

OG Kush

OG Kush Has several chirping present in its fry do makeup priming. Pinene, humulene and linalool are moderately present in OG Kush.

This strain expresses the terpenes limonene, myrcene and caryophyllene dominantly.

OG Kush is an Indica dominant hybrid known for producing a relaxing state of mind that doesn't make you too sleepy.

The presence of Pinene in OG Kush produces relaxing effects and therapeutic benefits like reducing swelling.

Everybody’s experience with cannabis is unique.

The effects you feel may differ from others because cannabis works with your endocannabinoid system (ECS) to restore mind/body balance.

  • Dominant terpenes present: caryophyllene, myrcene, limonene
  • Secondary terpenes present: pinene, linalool, humulene
  • Effects: relaxing, calm, reflective, tired
  • Therapeutic properties: promote relaxation, reduce anxiousness, reduce sadness

Jack Herer

Jack Herer Is a world-renowned sativa cannabis strain. Combining Shiva Skunk, Northern Lights #5, and a hybrid Haze, Jack Herer was created.

It's known for its clear-headed high and familiar peppery flavour.

Pinene, caryophyllene, and terpinolene are the dominant terpenes present in Jack Herer. Secondary terpenes present are ocimene, limonene, and myrcene.

Most cannabis strains in the Jack Herer family, whether Super Jack, XJ-13, or Black Jack, produce a cerebral high.

This pinene-rich strain produces an uplifting high that promotes productivity, creativity, and clear-headedness.

  • Dominant terpenes present: terpinolene, caryophyllene, pinene
  • Secondary terpenes present: Ocimene, Limonene, Myrcene
  • Effects: happiness, productivity, creativity, focus
  • Therapeutic properties: reduce sadness, promote alertness, promote calmness

Blue Dream

Blue Dream Is one of the most popular cannabis strains in the recreational and medical cannabis Market.

Known for its sweet fruity smell and heady cerebral effects, the most common group in Blue Dream is myrcene abruptly by pinene.

This sativa dominant hybrid cannabis strain was created by Crossing Haze with Blueberry strain.

Known to reduce physical pain while enhancing mood and producing creativity, Blue Dream is a pinene-rich strain great for both evening and daytime use.

  • Dominant terpenes present: pinene, myrcene, caryophyllene
  • Secondary terpenes present: linalool, humulene
  • Effects: happy, calm, uplifted, creative
  • Therapeutic properties: promote relaxation, reduce anxiousness, reduce sadness

Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie is the offspring of Granddaddy Purple and Durban Poison.

This indica dominant hybrid is known for its motivating and uplifting effects. The funny thing is, that we usually associate indica strains with tiredness, couchlock, and feeling unmotivated.

This is why terpenes are so important! They play a vital role in what type of effects a cannabis strain will produce.

Myrcene, alpha-pinene, and beta-caryophyllene are the most present terpenes in Cherry Pie.

The average THC content of this strain balances out between 20%- 26%.

Even though this is a very cerebral strain, Cherry Pie is perfect for reducing worries, relaxing, as well as getting creative.

  • Dominant terpenes present: caryophyllene, myrcene, pinene
  • Secondary terpenes present: limonene, linalool, humulene
  • Effects: happy, calm, uplifted, creative
  • Therapeutic properties: reduces mental chatter, promotes relaxation, reduces aches


Blueberry is the offspring of landrace strains Afghani, Thai, and Purple Thai.

This legendary strain is known for its sweet berry taste and aroma, as well as its uplifting effects.

Pinene, myrcene, and caryophyllene are the dominant terpenes responsible for its fruity aroma and happy-inducing effects.

The presence of secondary terpenes like linalool, humulene, and terpinolene is why Blueberry encourages sleep, and relaxation and reduces sadness.

  • Dominant terpenes present: pinene, caryophyllene, myrcene
  • Secondary terpenes present: linalool, humulene, terpinolene
  • Effects: uplifting, calm, happy, relaxed
  • Therapeutic properties: reduce sadness, promotes relaxation, promote sleep

Purple Kush

Purple Kush is an indica dominant strain known for its sweet aroma and flavour and its mind-easing relaxing effects.

Known to uplift any user Purple Kush is known to produce a sense of calm and lessen stressful thoughts.

These relaxing effects (and fruity smell) are all thanks to pinene, myrcene, and humulene- the dominant terpenes found in Purple Kush.

  • Dominant terpenes present: caryophyllene, pinene, myrcene
  • Secondary terpenes present: linalool, Humulene
  • Effects: relaxed, calm, happy, sleepy
  • Therapeutic properties: reduce pain, promote sleep, promote happiness, reduce sadness

About the author: Heather Burton

Heather lives with her husband and two children in beautiful British Columbia. Her passion has always been to enhance the lives of others by helping them reach their business goals.

Content management is her specialty, and writing is what she does best. Working specifically in the cannabis market, Heather strives to help dispensaries, patients, doctors, manufacturers and recreational users by giving them the voice they need. When she is not writing, you can find her anywhere outdoors and away from the screen.

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