Terpene Isolates 101: Sabinene
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, foods, beverages, and aromatherapy infusions. In fact, adding terpenes to health and beauty products, cosmetics, vaporizer cartridges and e-juice, foods and beverages, and aromatherapy infusions is a great way to add an extra boost of body-nourishing benefits to your products and make THC/CBD products more effective. This week, we're diving deeper into the earthy and spicy terpene isolate known as Sabinene.
Sabinene terpenes have been used pretty extensively in the food, cosmetics, and perfume industries since they're soluble in both alcohol and water and they bring a warm, earthy element to foods and fragrances. Sabinene is most commonly derived from oak and spruce trees, and are found primarily in carrot seed oil and in lower concentrations in tea tree oil.
Sabinene terpenes are most often found in small concentrations in these industries alongside berry, citrus, mango, pepper, nutmeg, spice, and tropical or vanilla-scented (or flavored) products. It should be noted however that Sabinene should never be combined with juniper essential oils as this mix can be toxic.
Sabinene doesn't occur commonly in cannabis but can be detected in small concentrations in certain strains higher in Pinene, Myrcene, and Ocimene terpenes. Regardless, it has been studied pretty extensively in recent years and shows a lot of promise as a potent antioxidant and antibacterial agent. In therapeutic environments, the scent of Sabinene can help soothe and relax you. One study on mice even noted a sedative effect.
Below, we've covered everything you need to know about the uses and effects of Sabinene terpenes as well as where you can find them in nature. Just remember that science doesn't fully understand all of the effects and uses of Sabinene terpenes yet. While we have a basic understanding, further study on humans is still necessary to support and solidify all of the findings. Always talk to your doctor before beginning a new dietary supplement, even one with naturally-occurring terpenes like Sabinene.
Benefits of Sabinene Terpenes
Sabinene hasn't been studied super extensively on its own, so most of the research we have on hand is related to essential oils containing higher percentages of sabinene terpenes. Essential oils are therapeutically viable because they contain concentrated amounts of many different terpenes which all work together and boost each other's effects in a phenomenon known as the entourage effect. With that said, most of Sabinene's uses have been found through studying essential oils and other terpenes.
Externally, Sabinene can be used as a potent antibacterial agent. Like most terpenes, it's antimicrobial in nature. In a 2015 study, the presence of sabinene in the essential oil showed potential against Streptococcus pneumoniae and Staphylococcus aureus, the bacteria responsible for pneumonia, and the bacteria that causes meningitis and toxic shock syndrome. Several other studies have found Sabinene terpenes to be effective against several strains of fungal spores. Lastly, essential oils containing Sabinene were found to be insecticidal against weevils.
Sabinene has been studied on living things, too. When taken internally, Sabinene showed promise as an anti-inflammatory agent. It was able to reduce the damaging effects of oxidative stress by acting as an antioxidant in several studies and was found to reduce pain by inhibiting certain neurons to relay the message of pain to the brain.
One study on rats found that Sabinene terpenes were able to reduce the force of skeletal muscle atrophy by regulating the activation mechanism responsible for the damage leading to the reverse of reduced muscle fiber size in fasted rats.
Another one-off study found that Sabinene terpenes may aid in digestion by killing certain harmful bacteria in the digestive tract and reducing spasms and oxidative stress.
Natural Sources of Sabinene Terpenes
Sabinene terpenes are monoterpenes that make up a large number of essential oils and can be detected in many different plants. It is responsible for the earthy flavor of carrots and the spicy kick found in black pepper. However, it can also be found in things like spruce and oak trees as well as nutmeg. It doesn't occur much in cannabis, though trace amounts can be detected in strains with higher Pinene, Myrcene, and Ocimene content. Below is a list of plants that contain Sabinene terpenes.
TLDR; Sabinene Terpenes
- May prevent skeletal muscular atrophy
- May aid in digestion
- Insecticidal (weevils)
Common Uses of Sabinene Terpenes
Whether through your favorite fruits and spices or through an aromatherapy diffuser, Sabinene isolate smells and tastes great and does some pretty cool stuff both externally and within your body. Sabinene terpenes can be safely added to all sorts of products to reduce inflammation, kill bacteria, and help you get to sleep. 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 Sabinene terpenes to foods and beverages to enjoy the anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties within the whole body. A dash of water-soluble Sabinene terpenes in your favorite foods or beverages add a spicy yet earthy and herbal flavor that can help to make you feel more relaxed and restful. Add Sabinene terpenes to essential oil diffusers and aromatherapy infusions to kill airborne bacteria and microbes to help you breathe easier. The earthy, piney aroma is also great for promoting a relaxing, stress-free atmosphere to your daily routine or a great way to unwind at night.
Add Sabinene terpenes to cannabis concentrates and hemp oils made from strains with higher pine or earth terpene content, such as Myrcene and Pinene since Sabinene is often found alongside these terpenes and offers similar flavors and effects. Sabinene terpenes can make them smell and taste better and boost the potency of THC/CBD or other cannabinoid effects in a documented phenomenon known as the Entourage Effect. 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 Sabinene 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.