What is Terpineol?

Written by Jamal Barghouti February 8, 2019
The Plant

In last week’s article, we continued our series on terpenes with linalool, a terpene often used in perfumery for its particular fragrance. Today, we’ll discuss terpineol, another smelly terpene found in orchids, lime blossom, and eucalyptus sap.

What are terpenes?

As we discussed in this article, terpenes are the aromatic chemical compounds that give cannabis its distinct smell and taste. Terpenes are not unique to cannabis and are found throughout nature; plants with strong fragrances like basil or eucalyptus are also full of terpenes.

Humans have been using terpenes in the form of essential oils for thousands of years. Research suggests that these chemicals interact with receptors in our endocrine, neuroendocrine, and endocannabinoid systems—the systems responsible for homeostasis within the body. Terpenes promote the natural production of chemicals in our bodies, and therefore our overall health, by activating receptors in each of these systems.

What is terpineol?

Terpineol is a terpene found in lilacs, pine trees, lime blossoms, and cannabis, among other things. It is known for its smoky herbaceous fragrance. It is the principal constituent of the smoky pine-like flavor of lapsang suchong tea.

Where can you find terpineol?

Terpineol can be found in both indicas and sativas. Interestingly, it is often found in strains high in pinene; however, due to pinene’s intense aroma, terpineol is often outshined. Popular strains with high levels of terpineol include Jack Herer, White Widow, and OG Kush, though the concentration of terpineol may vary widely from grower to grower. If you’re interested in getting your hands on some terpineol, we suggest the OG Kush Moonrock Preroll from The Real Kurupt.

What are the medical benefits of terpineol?

While there is a long medical history of using terpenes in homeopathic treatments, the prohibition of cannabis severely limits the amount of information available for the combined effect of cannabis and terpineol. As always, this information is intended solely for educational purposes. If you have serious medical issues, you should reach out to a trusted medical professional.

The Entourage Effect and Total Plant Medicine

Research suggests that the use of pure extracts of any terpene or cannabinoid is not as effective as when they are paired with other terpenes or cannabinoids. These compounds have a synergistic effect, working in tandem to interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system. Studies have shown that consistent use, as well as the use of a variety of terpenes at different potencies, shows better results in the treatment of various symptoms.

Think of it like taking a multivitamin—the increased and consistent levels of vitamins in your immune system promote the overall efficiency of your immune system and will show improvement over time. Similarly, research suggests that consistency of use of cannabinoids and terpenes promotes the overall effectiveness of the endocannabinoid system.

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