Pinene is aptly named for its scent: smell this terpene, and you’ll immediately recognize a familiar scent: pine. There are two types of pinene, known as alpha-pinene and beta-pinene. Generally, alpha-pinene is the terpene discussed when examining it in cannabis.
Pinene is thought to contribute to alertness and mental acuity. In addition to cannabis, pinene is also found in pine trees, pine needles, rosemary, dill, basil, parsley, and orange peels.
- Scent: pine
- Benefits: promotes alertness and memory retention*
Fun Facts: also found in orange peels, conifer trees, pine needles, rosemary, dill, basil and parsley
In contrast to linalool, a-pinene is best known for its energizing effects on the body and mind.
As you might’ve guessed from the name, a-pinene has a piney scent and is naturally found in (surprise) pine trees. Besides rosemary, other herbs that have high traces of a-pinene include dill and basil.
The boiling point for a-pinene is set at 311°F.