Some weed smells like straight up pine needles. That’s alpha-pinene you’re smelling. Where can you find this terpene, and what benefits does it offer, if any?
But quite a few of the dankest among the dank smell distinctly of pine trees. What causes weed to smell like a coniferous forest, and does this terpene offer any special benefits beyond the cannabinoids commonly found in cannabis?
Pinene, or more formally known as alpha-pinene, is a monoterpene compound found not only in cannabis and pine needles, but also in a variety of other plants such as sagebrush, rosemary, eucalyptus, camphorweed, and even salvia divinorum. Yes, that salvia, the one that can make you trip balls. In fact, alpha-pinene is the most commonly encountered terpene found in nature. It’s damn near everywhere.
There’s another form of pinene, known as beta-pinene, that’s also found in cannabis and other plants. Beta-pinene, like alpha-pinene, smells like woody pine needles, too. Some lab tests don’t differentiate these two forms of pinene, so you may just see “pinene” listed on lab results for your marijuana.
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