Terpene Isolates 101: Terpineol
Updated: Mar 16, 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, foods, beverages, and aromatherapy infusions. This week, we're diving deeper into the soothing lime-flavored terpene isolate known as Terpineol.
Terpineol terpene isolate is one of the most abundant terpenes found in over 150 plants including cannabis. As a primary terpene, it can be found alongside other potent and abundant terpenes like Humulene, Pinene, and Linalool. In fact, terpineol is most frequently found in strains that also contain high levels of pinene, though the aroma of Pinene tends to overshadow the delicate floral scent and sweet lime flavor of Terpineol.
That delicate lilac scent is a defining factor for Terpineol and it is best known for its relaxing and sedative effect. Terpineol may even be the terpene responsible for the couchlock effect you feel when you smoke certain cannabis strains. However, it is frequently used in cosmetics, soaps, and perfumes thanks to its great smell, soothing scent, and skin-nourishing effects.
Terpineol also has many potential medical applications and whole-body benefits that include immune support, pain relief, inflammation reduction, and more. When added to other terpenes and cannabinoids Terpineol works in synergy to promote even more potent benefits. Below, you’ll learn more about the specific potential health benefits of Terpineol terpene isolate.
Benefits of Terpineol
Similar to cannabinoids (and other primary terpenes) like THC and CBD, Terpineol terpenes stimulate the receptors in the endocannabinoid system and can boost the effects of other cannabinoids and naturally-occurring molecules registered by the ECS. It may also support the functioning of other important body systems like the immune system and gastrointestinal tract. For these reasons, Terpineol offers a ton of documented benefits.
Outside of the body, Terpineol has been shown to act as a potent antibacterial and antimicrobial agent. Its relaxing lilac scent has a calming effect that may help reduce anxiety and agitation. In a lab study, Terpineol showed to reduce motility in mice leading researchers to believe that it may contribute to the couch-locking effect of some relaxing cannabis strains.
Aside from calming mental effects, Terpineol also acts as a potent pain-reliever and can reduce inflammation. It’s also a well-known antioxidant. In the same vein, Terpineol has shown to be one of the best terpenes available for its antimicrobial properties due to its ability to permeate bacteria cell membranes and help make them vulnerable to immune defenses. It works with the immune system to protect healthy cells and kill microbes. Further, Terpineol may even combat the effects of malaria with all these properties combined.
Terpineol also displays anti-cancer properties. In some lab models, Terpineol killed cancerous tumor cells and encouraged apoptosis, or programmed cell death. Further research on the effects of Terpineol on the immune system and the nervous system showed that Terpineol may be an effective treatment option for seizure disorders.
Similar to its work with the immune system, Terpineol also works closely with the gastrointestinal tract. Terpineol may protect your GI tract from inflammation and irritation. In a study with mice, Terpineol was shown to reduce diarrhea and improve motility within the GI tract. Some studies suggest that Terpineol may also play a part in helping heal gastric ulcers.
While the list of potential benefits is staggering, be sure to consult your doctor before starting any new dietary supplement, including adding Terpineol.
Natural Sources of Terpineol
Terpineol is a very common terpene and can be found naturally in over 150 different plant species, including cannabis. It contributes to the unique flavors found in lapsang souchong tea and can be found in lilacs, pine trees, and eucalyptus sap. Cannabis strains with high concentrations of Terpineol terpenes include Jack Herer, White Widow, and Girl Scout Cookies and other strains that contain high concentrations of a-Pinene.
TLDR; Terpineol Terpene Benefits
May heal gastric ulcers and protect the GI tract
May someday treat seizures
May help treat malaria
Common Uses for Terpineol Terpene Isolate
Whether through your favorite fruits and herbs or through a diffuser, Terpineol isolate smells and tastes great and works wonders within your body.
Terpinol terpenes can be safely added to all sorts of products to encourage relaxation and sleep as well as a host of potential health benefits. 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 Terpineol terpenes to foods and beverages to enjoy the anti-inflammatory and sedative properties within the whole body. A few drops in your evening tea tastes sweet and citrusy and can help you get to sleep fast with potent pain relief and a calming, soothing floral scent.
Add Terpineol terpenes to essential oil diffusers and aromatherapy infusions to enjoy a delicate floral scent that promotes long-lasting relaxation and kills airborne bacteria and fungal spores.
Add Terpineol terpenes to concentrates and hemp oils made from strains with higher Terpineol content like OG Kush, Fire OG, and Thin Mint Cookies. Terpineol terpenes 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 Terpineol 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.