Terpinolene offers a mildly sedative effect that can reduce anxiety. Terpinolene also plays a key role in regulating health through the endocannabinoid system.
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.
Terpinolene Qualities & Benefits
Aroma & Taste: Terpinolene is a fresh, herbal terpene with a sweet, piney aroma and hints of citrus. Terpinolene is commonly found in apples, cumin, lilac, tea tree, pine, fir, and cannabis.
Anxiety Relief: Its mild, sedative effects on the central nervous system are also useful for psychological excitement and anxiety.
Anti-oxidant: In two recent studies (2012 and 2013), researchers found that Terpinolene slowed cancer growth by downregulating particular cell proteins. This can result in a decrease of the cell proliferation in some forms of cancer.
Anti-bacterial: Given this terpene’s presence in tea tree oil, it is not surprising that one of its more potent benefits are its antibacterial properties. While tea tree was examined in 1995 using a whole plant, it wasn’t until 2005 when research was done on Diplotaenia damavandica – a variety with 20% Terpinolene in its genetic makeup. The resulting extract provided effective against e coli and several other pathogens.
Cannabis Cultivars: Cultivars known for their terpinolene profiles are Jack Herer, Sensi Star, and various Haze cultivars such as Arjan’s Haze #3.
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.