Terpinolene Explained

Evan Doherty
Terpinolene Explained

The easiest word to use to describe terpinolene is floral.

The terpene is responsible for flower power smells that you’ll find in various cannabis strains. It’s classified as a minor terpene, which means its flavour profile is subtle. However, it’s found in high volumes because it’s greater than 1% in weight. Another interesting thing to know about terpinolene is it’s dominant in one particular type of strain. It is present in indicas, sativas, and hybrids, which are mostly THC dominant.


Alongside cannabis, terpinolene can be found in many everyday products.

Cumin, parsnip, rosemary, and sage are some examples. Because of combining woodsy and citrusy scents, it’s often put in the same category as pinene aromas.

Strains with high amounts of terpinolene boast many benefits, including relaxation and improved mood. The terpene also has antibacterial and antifungal qualities, which we’ll explain more later.

Now that we’ve established what terpinolene is, let’s get into it! 


Consuming cannabis products with terpinolene can affect the body. Research is slowly beginning to uncover its medicinal properties. As mentioned earlier, terpinolene has antibacterial and antifungal qualities. Scientific research suggests that it effectively fights off the Staphylococcus Aureus infection and Escherichia Coli (E. coli). Another ability is working against Propionibacterium, which is responsible for acne.


Entourage Effect

When combined with other cannabinoids, terpinolene has the potential to gain additional abilities. Here’s what happens when it works with other ingredients in cannabis products. Tepinolene allows its fellow terpenes to thrive. When combined with other scents, it can become stronger. This study conducted on mice found terpinolene can make a difference when inhaled. It can act as a sedative with the endocannabinoid system's ingredients.



Because of its ability to combine with other terpenes, terpinolene can produce many scents. It’s almost like a chameleon that camouflages itself into different environments. The floral notes are found in cannabis stains. However, the cosmetics industry also enlists the aid of this terpene. Lilac and other floral-scented perfumes use it to create a strong smell. In cannabis, you’ll be able to smell it when using strains that have high amounts of pinene.



The taste of strains containing terpinolene might surprise you. Its flavor profile is flowery but has some other tastes to switch things up. It can be best described as fresh. Piney, floral, herbaceous, and slightly citrusy are some of the words to describe the taste of terpinolene. However, these qualities are also present outside of cannabis products. Terpinolene appears in lilacs, tea trees, nutmeg, cumin, and apples.


What’s next…

There’s still so much to explore in the exciting world of terpinolene. Researchers have yet to find CBD-dominant strains with high amounts of amounts of terpinolene. However, this could change as more discoveries are made in the future. While some medicinal properties are present, others have yet to be confirmed. Studies about the terpene’s ability to reduce the risk of heart disease are beginning to emerge. There’s still so much to know. With this in mind, it’s important to pay attention to new information coming out about terpinolene!
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