Terpene Isolates 101: a-Pinene
Updated: Feb 21, 2020
If you're just getting started with terpenes, odds are you're wondering how each isolate can be used. Terpene isolates can be used in hemp, CBD, and cannabis products as well as concentrates, vapes, and even in foods, beverages, and aromatherapy infusions. This week, we're diving deeper into the energizing pine-scented terpene isolate, alpha-Pinene, the most common naturally-occurring terpene in the world.
If you’ve ever gone through a walk in the woods, you may have noticed that you started to feel a potent uplifted, energized and sharp mental effect. Pine trees (and most other plants) contain high concentrations of a-Pinene, the memory and mood-improving terpene found in coniferous trees, rosemary, orange peels, cannabis, and eucalyptus.
a-Pinene is a monoterpene most easily recognized for its sharp herbal smell with earthy tones of cedarwood and pine. While a-Pinene tastes and smells great on its own, it can be combined with other terpenes and cannabinoids to produce stronger effects in a phenomenon known as the entourage effect. In fact, a-Pinene is one of the more mood-altering terpenes and can help to produce stronger energetic effects in sativa-dominant strains like Critical Mass and Cannatonic.
a-Pinene in unison with cannabinoids like THC and CBD as well as other terpenes like Terpinolene and Caryophyllene can produce a variety of whole-body effects and benefits. Other than a sharpened state of mind, Pinene has been used in holistic medicine for hundreds of years to help reduce pain and inflammation. It may also be used for killing bacteria, parasites, and microbes, which is why you often find pine-scented cleaning products containing a-pinene terpenes.
Benefits of a-Pinene Isolate
There are many health benefits associated with a-pinene ranging from simple anti-inflammatory properties to inhibiting the growth and spread of certain types of cancer. Low doses of alpha-pinene possess anti-inflammatory properties, antimicrobial properties, antiulcerogenic and gastroprotective properties. Physically, a-Pinene is a potent powerhouse that can help fight the symptoms of arthritis by cooling and soothing inflamed tissues.
Most commonly, a-pinene is used as a flavoring agent or in oil diffusers to improve the smell. However, when inhaled this way, a-Pinene has shown to work as a bronchodilator in people, ultimately improving their breathing and reducing congestion. When added to diffusers and cleaning products, a-Pinene has shown to act as an antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral and antiparasite that kills drug-resistant strains like Staphylococcus aureus strain MRSA and the bacterium Campylobacter jejuni.
In a few studies conducted on mice, a-Pinene was shown to decrease the activation of the immune cells that cause inflammation. It also showed to reduce gastric ulcers in mice.
While a-Pinene offers a lot of physical effects, the mental effects are potent and powerful. a-Pinene has the power to aid in memory. It acts as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor, meaning it reduces acetylcholinesterase activity to boost your memory. In the same vein, studies have shown that a-Pinene can be used to treat the symptoms of dementia by counteracting short-term memory lapses.
Natural Sources of a-Pinene Isolate
a-Pinene is the most commonly occurring terpene in the world. You can find it in many different plant species including cannabis, pine trees, rosemary, basil, and tarragon. In fact, most plants contain small concentrations of a-Pinene terpenes. Cannabis strains high in a-pinene terpenes include LA Confidential, Romulan, OG Kush, and Chem Dawg.
TLDR; a-pinene Benefits
Reduces oils in the skin
Reduces gastric ulcers
Opens airways and improves breathing
Common Uses for a-Pinene Isolate Terpenes
Whether through your favorite herbs and spices or through a diffuser, a-Pinene smells and tastes great and works wonders within your body.
a-Pinene terpenes can be safely added to all sorts of products to encourage energy and a positive mental state. It can safely be eaten, drank, infused, and inhaled with a little bit of mixing. It can also be used to improve cannabis products like vapes and concentrates that may have lost cannabinoid potency or terpene content during extraction.
Add a-Pinene Terpenes to foods and beverages to enjoy the alertness and creativity-boosting properties within the whole body. A few drops in your morning coffee or tea tastes fresh and herbal and can help you start your day with a boost of benefits that nourish the entire body and uplift the mind.
Add a-Pinene to essential oil diffusers and aromatherapy infusions to enjoy an herbal, piney smell that kills airborne bacteria and fungal spores.
Add a-Pinene terpenes to concentrates and hemp oils made from strains with higher a-Pinene content like Blue Dream, Island Sweet Skunk, and Jack Herer. a-Pinene can make them smell and taste better and boost the potency of THC/CBD effects.
Just keep in mind that not all terpenes are created equal. Different terpenes will always have different effects, but they're not all made the same. We know you have a choice when it comes to terpene providers, but no other choice comes close to our level of quality.
At Peak Supply Co, our a-Pinene terpene isolates are extracted from all-natural food-grade fruit, flower, and nut oils in our state-of-the-art facility. With our proprietary extraction and refinement method, we remove plant materials and any leftover impurities, leaving behind the purest terpene isolates on the market. Best of all, we even offer sample packs so you can try them all.