Alpha-Pinene terpene is known for its energizing effects and its ability to improve memory, mental clarity, and focus. When combined with the cannabinoid THC, it can also reduce common effects like paranoia and short-term memory loss.
Think of terpenes as even purer forms of essential oils. They are the chemical compounds that are responsible for a plant’s aroma, flavor, and physiological effects. Terpenes are present in cannabis, as well as many other plants, herbs, and fruits.
Alpha-Pinene Qualities & Benefits
Aroma & Taste: Alpha-Pinene is a fresh, woody terpene with sharp pine and cedarwood aromas. Alpha-Pinene is commonly found in coniferous trees like pine, as well as rosemary, eucalyptus, sage, frankincense, ironwort, and cannabis.
Memory Enhancer: Many dementia drugs work by inhibiting the enzyme cholinesterase and thereby enhancing cholinergic activity. Alpha-Pinene helps you retain memory by inhibiting similar enzymes (acetylcholinesterase). As a result, they are considered a promising supplement to help with memory disorders.
Immunity: Alpha-Pinene occurs naturally in plants as a defense mechanism and offers similar benefits to humans. Research suggests that alpha-Pinene supports healthy immune function and response, as well as protect the pancreas and lungs.
Respiratory Function: Alpha-Pinene is a powerful bronchodilator (opens the airways). It’s also highly bioavailable with around 60% human lung uptake, which means that its benefits are metabolized and experienced quickly.
Anti-bacterial: Alpha-Pinene was found to be toxic to certain bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus (staph) and Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumonia) when tested using solid medium diffusion procedures.
Natural Insect Repellant: When plants secrete alpha-Pinene, it deters insects and reduces the frequency and duration of insect attacks on plants. Consequently, it can provide similar effects when used by humans, especially when combined with linalool.
Cannabis Cultivars: Cultivars known for their content of Alpha Pinene are Blue Dream, Jack Herer, and Og Kush.
How to use our Terpenes:
Terpenes can be enjoyed aromatically, topically, or ingested in foods and drinks. Many people love adding them to diffusers, serums, lotions, even cocktails.
Terpenes are not psychoactive and do not contain cannabinoids, but they are still very powerful. They should always be diluted and are not intended to be used at full potency. Similar to essential oils, terpenes do not mix with water, but they can be diluted with carrier oils and alcohol.
How to dilute our Terpenes:
As a general rule of thumb, we recommend using no more than a 1% concentration by volume. This equates to about 1-2 drops per 8 oz.
- Carrier Oils: Add 1-2 drops per 8 oz. of volume and mix well. For topical or aromatic use, further additions should be added and tested in 1-2 drop increments. We recommend using MCTs, virgin coconut oil, hemp oil, extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil.
- Alcohol/Spirits: Add 1 drop per glass. Add to glass and swirl, or use as a bitters.
- Wine/Beer/Cider: Add 1 drop per glass. Add to glass and swirl.
- Soda Water: Add 1 drop per glass. Though terpenes do not mix with water, we’ve found that carbonation enhances the aroma and taste of the terpene.
To obtain more consistent results, measure precisely with instruments like pipettes, graduated cylinders, and burets.