Terpene Isolates 101: Terpinolene
Updated: Feb 21
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 fresh-smelling terpene isolate, Terpinolene - known best for its anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties.
Terpinolene Isolate Terpenes
Terpinolene is most commonly used in soaps, lotions, perfumes, and insect repellants thanks to its overly fresh scent profile. While Terpinolene is one of the least-common terpenes found in cannabis, it's found in abundance in many different plants and herbs, including apples, lilacs, citrus, rosemary, and sage. It tends to smell piney and woody with hints of citrus and herbal spice.
Terpinolene offers a variety of wellness benefits to the body and the external environment. You'll find terpinolene in many cleaning supplies due to its anti-bacterial and anti-septic properties. Studies have also found Terpinolene's potent fresh scent to be an effective insect repellant, making it a great terpene to have around the house. Terpinolene can also be used to help alleviate anxiety, and reduce the risk of heart disease by acting as an anti-oxidant.
In cannabis, Terpinolene tends to make up less than 5% of a given strains terpene profile though it's responsible for a variety of smells and flavors you can sense when you smoke cannabis products. Terpinolene is most commonly found in sativa-dominant strains like Golden Pineapple. It gives cannabis a piney, floral, and herbaceous flavor profile. Studies also suggest that Terpinolene may help balance sativa-strains by providing a gentle sedative effect.
Benefits of Terpinolene Isolate Terpenes
Terpinolene offers a variety of balanced effects that all help to regulate physical health by interacting with our Endocannabinoid Systems. Like other terpenes and cannabinoids, terpinolene can help to regulate the balance of naturally-produced cannabinoids within the body. It's most commonly found in Sativa strains, but it acts as a gentle sedative that can help promote a normal sleeping/waking cycle and alleviate symptoms of anxiety.
However, unlike most cannabinoids and terpenes that interact within the ECS, Terpinolene doesn't interact with the body to trigger any sort of pain relief or reduce inflammation, though it does display anti-septic properties according to a study conducted in 2005. Terpinolene can also kill bacteria and fungi, which is why it's so commonly used in cleaning supplies.
In 2012, a study was conducted to demonstrate that specific properties associated with Terpinolene can prevent cancer cells from growing and spreading. In 2013, a different study highlighted the sedative effects of terpinolene. In 2015, another study was conducted to explore the promising anti-oxidant effects of Terpinolene that can help reduce the risk of heart disease when used with other terpenes and cannabinoids.
Anecdotal evidence also suggests that terpinolene is an effective mosquito and weevil repellant.
Natural Sources of Terpinolene Isolate
Terpinolene can be found in small amounts in hundreds of different plants, including cannabis strains like Jack Herer, Golden Goat, and XJ-13. It's most commonly found in things that smell fresh, like apples, lilacs, and tea tree oil.
TLDR; Terpinolene Benefits
May reduce the risk of heart disease
May inhibit the growth of cancer cells
Common uses for Terpinolene Isolate
Whether through your favorite herbs and spices or through a diffuser, Terpinolene smells great and works wonders within your body.
Terpinolene terpenes can be safely added to all sorts of products to encourage sleepiness, relaxation, and calm. 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 Terpinolene Terpenes to foods and beverages to enjoy the sedative, anti-oxidant, and body modulating properties within the whole body. A few drops in your evening tea tastes fresh and herbal and can help you unwind and get to sleep.
Add Terpinolene terpenes to concentrates and hemp oils made from strains with higher Terpinolene content like Ghost Train Haze and Orange Cookies to 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 Terpinlene 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.