Once you endeavor into the cannabis world, you’ll eventually cross paths with terpenes. So what exactly are terpenes?
Terpenes are compounds found in many plants, although they’re commonly associated with cannabis. They’re responsible for the aroma, flavor, and potential health benefits of the plant, and in our case, different marijuana strains.
The easiest way to guess what terpenes are in particular plants are by the smell: the citrusy scent from lemons, oranges, and some strains like Pink Lemonade likely means they have limonene. An aroma reminiscent of pine trees and forest landscapes could indicate pinene, found in strains like Blue Dream. The sweet scent of lavender fields and freshness might suggest linalool.
So far, over 400 terpenes have been identified in weed, so it’s not always a sure guess. Today, we at Delta Munchies want to talk about one that’s abundant in many strains: terpinolene.
- Terpinolene is mostly found in sativa and sativa-dominant strains.
- Terpinolene might have potential therapeutic and health benefits.
- The effects of terpinolene are energy-boosting and might increase focus.
- Dutch Treat, Jack Herer, and Strawberry Cake are a few of many strains that contain terpinolene.
What is Terpinolene?
Terpinolene is a terpene found in many popular strains, although it often takes a backseat to other terpenes because it’s often present in trace amounts.
However, that doesn’t mean you should gloss over this terpene. It plays an important role in many strains’ scent and possible benefits.
It’s part of the pinene family, which gives it that signature scent but is also more complex.
You’ll find terpinolene everywhere, even outside of cannabis. In nature, terpinolene is abundant in tea trees, lilacs, nutmeg, pine trees, apples, and cumin. In your own home, it’s all around too. Terpinolene is often used in perfumes, candles, soaps, and even insect repellents.
When it comes to cannabis, terpinolene is usually found in sativa or sativa-dominant strains. The effects it can have directly correlated with sativa strain experiences.
Terpinolene Terpene Effects
The effects of the terpinolene terpene are very cerebral: it can cause stimulation, heighten energy levels and send you spiraling through a million thoughts in your mental palace.
Because of its highly mental effects, users love to use strains with this terpene to boost productivity and improve focus.
It’s a great terpene to be on the lookout for if you want a strain to help you get stuff done, hyperfocus on tasks, and go into long-winded deep conversations about the universe with your friends.
Terpinolene Terpene Benefits
Weed has been around for a long time, but the study of terpenes is only a few decades old. As we learn more about terpenes and their potential benefits, you can personalize the cannabis experiences to suit your needs.
Some studies indicate terpinolene could potentially have various therapeutic and health benefits, so let’s get into some of them.
It’s thought that terpinolene might have antibacterial properties, according to a 2014 study where essential oils containing the terpene were investigated. In the study, E. coli was exposed to terpinolene, and a significant decrease in cell size was observed, leading some experts to believe this terpene could potentially have antibacterial properties.
While early studies might suggest terpinolene may have anti-tumor properties, there’s still much work to be done. One study showed significant promise in acting as an antiproliferative agent in brain tumor cells, inhibiting cell growth.
While a 2013 study indicated possible sedation in mice after being administered terpinolene, users don’t often feel those effects – on the contrary, they’re usually energizing. Since it’s found in mostly sativa strains, it’s thought that THC might reverse the sedative effects.
Terpinolene Terpene Smell
The scent profile of terpinolene is pretty complex, so it takes a real cannaseur to seek it out from just tasting and smelling it.
The aroma has many components: it’s woodsy like pine, slightly floral, with an herbal touch, and even a hint of citrus. One thing’s for sure: terpinolene smells fresh.
Terpinolene’s signature freshness is probably why it’s found in a lot of soaps and perfumes, giving an ode to cleanliness and liveliness.
Terpinolene Terpene Strains
While terpinolene isn’t the main character in most strains, it plays an important role in a few of your favorites.
Terpinolene is the dominant terpene in Dutch Treat. This sativa-leaning hybrid is a cross between Northern Lights and Haze and can produce a cerebral high that feels uplifting and euphoric.
Just like the name suggests, this strain finds its roots in the cannabis capital of the world: Amsterdam. Out there, it’s a cultural staple in dispensaries and coffee shops, becoming a favorite to local stoners and cannabic tourists.
We’re back in the Netherlands, where Jack Herer showed up around the mid-1990s. This sativa strain is a household name at this point, giving users a high that allows the body and mind to feel blissful and creative yet clear-headed.
With a signature woodsy, herbal, and spicy scent and flavor, many users turn to this strain to relieve stress, anxiety, and depression.
Although terpinolene is usually found in sativas, that isn’t always the case. Just look at Strawberry Cake, a far-leaning indica-dominant hybrid that is known for its sweet, sugary, and creamy taste and aroma.
While Strawberry Cake is an indica, it won’t have you couch-locked. The high comes on slowly but surely, washing your mind over with a sense of contentment, boosting focus, and letting your creative side run wild. The body high feels relaxed, without total sedation.
As the name suggests, UK Cheese smells cheesy. This sativa-dominant hybrid strain is a great option if you’re looking for a high that’ll have you feeling euphoric and energized, yet calm and mentally relaxed. You might also find yourself with a serious case of the munchies.
UK Cheese has been around since the early 1990s, created by a collective called Exodus in the UK (in case that wasn’t made clear by the name).
Medical marijuana users turn to this strain to relieve chronic pain, insomnia, and inflammation, also enjoying the unique cheesy flavor profile with hints of berry. Basically, it’s like smoking a fancy cheese board.
The powerful sativa strain Mango Haze is a breed between three classics: Northern Lights, Skunk, and Haze. With uplifting and happiness-inducing effects, this cerebral sativa is great for outings, social gatherings, productivity, and adventures.
The mango flavor and scent is where it gets its name, with sweet, fruity notes at every toke. It’s also said to relieve symptoms associated with depression, stress, and pain.
Ghost Train Haze
Terpinolene is the main terpene in Ghost Train Haze, a strong sativa that’s a breed of Ghost OG and Neville’s Wreck created by Rare Dankness.
This potent strain is said to KO symptoms of pain, depression, and appetite loss, inducing a healthy amount of munchies that’ll have you ordering your favorite food and dancing to bomb tunes or experimenting in the kitchen with its cerebral, creativity-inducing, energizing high.
Golden Goat is a sativa-dominant hybrid that’s the result of a happy accident. When a Hawaiian-Romulan pollinated an Island Sweet Skunk in Kansas, this strain was born. With a distinct sweet and sour aroma that’s reminiscent of tropical landscapes, the full-body high is potent and energizing.
Terpinolene-heavy, Golden Goat is truly the goat when it comes to those looking for a euphoric high that induces creativity and leads to spirited conversations.
Although Golden Goat was created by accident, its child Golden Pineapple was anything but a mistake. This sativa-leaning hybrid is a cross between Golden Goat and Pineapple Kush, with an even more tropical scent that’s distinctly pineapple-oriented.
The high this strain provides will have you feeling active, focused, and engaged, with a boost of energy that can be honed in to get stuff done in lower doses but might knock you into a wonderland if you go hard. People love to use Golden Pineapple to ward off stress, anxiety, and depression.
As an extremely sativa-heavy hybrid, J1 has gained popularity because of its strong effects and energizing, uplifting, and clear-headed high.
J1 is the lovechild of two of stoners’ favorite strains: Skunk and Jack Herer. If we’re being honest, this strain is pretty high-end and could even be considered luxurious, which its price can attest to.
Still, if you’re looking for a top-shelf strain that’ll give you an unbeatable high, J1 is the one to try because of its outstanding quality and potent high.
Another one of Jack Herer’s many children, XJ-13 is a sativa-dominant hybrid strain that’s beloved due to its potential therapeutic relief from paranoia, stress, and mood-related issues.
The concentrated cerebral high stimulate dialogue and imagination, letting your creativity run free and ponder the deepest existential questions.
The citrusy, earthy, woodsy scent and taste only add to the list of reasons why people love this strain, not to mention it’s both beginner-friendly and a good strain for seasoned stoners.
We’re going out with a bang: Orange Juice is a sativa-dominant hybrid created by Franchise Genetics that’s a cross between Orange Juice and Girl Scout Cookies. Super flavorful and allusive to sweet, citrusy, and succulent tangerine, this strain is a great option for those who love to taste the intricacies of their weed.
This terpinolene-packed strain will give you a complex high that’s both deeply relaxing and internally stimulating because it’s so well-balanced. While your mind is running a mile a minute, your body will take the backseat and allow your brain to wander and go on an adventure.
Where To Get Terpinolene Products
At Delta Munchies, we pride ourselves on going the extra mile in every single one of our products, ensuring they’re of the highest quality they possibly can be. Nothing stands in the way of us doing our very best to keep you happy and high.
If you’re looking to delve into the world of terpinolene, might we suggest our Candyland Delta 8 2G Dart XL Disposable.
While terpinolene isn’t the main terpene in this strain, it’s among them and plays an important role in the overall effects of this sativa-dominant strain.
You’ll get up to 1,000 hits of the sweet, candy-like strain that tastes just like you’d expect the boardgame to taste (adding in a childhood nostalgia factor is just us being extra).