If you’ve heard the term terpene, then undoubtedly you’ve also heard the term pinene. You might also know nothing more about pinene other than the fact that it is in fact a terpene and that it is one of the many compounds contained within your cannabis. If that’s where your knowledge of pinene ends you should inform yourself about this wonderful compound and in this blog we will examine beta pinene.
Beta pinene is one of the two forms of pinene, with alpha being the other. They are both among the most abundant compounds found in nature, with almost every plant you can find in the forest containing the stuff (after all the name is derived from it being found in large amounts in pine trees). The main difference between the two is simply the smell; while alpha-pinene has a very distinctive pine-like smell, beta-pinene smells more like fresh dill.
The real magic of pinene though is what it can do for you and how it can improve your well-being. Most people will agree that the greatest thing about cannabis is how good it can make you feel both mentally and emotionally, and also physically. Compounds unique to cannabis such as THC and CBD play a main role in this, but the terpenes are what really enhance it and bring everything together. In short, the higher the terpene content the more beneficial your cannabis is going to be.
What kind of benefits might you experience from a strain that contains a higher amount of beta-pinene, you ask? For starters it’s been shown to aid in mental energy, focus and memory retention, and because it helps to control the flow of THC through the blood-brain barrier, it can help you to avoid getting too high and paranoid. Beyond that, it is a powerful bronchodilator helping to open airways for people who suffer from conditions like asthma.
Beta-pinene has been known to be an analgesic (pain reliever) as well as an anti-inflammatory. It can act as an antiseptic and antibacterial agent. The biggest benefit of beta-pinene is its capabilities as an anti-proliferative, making it a powerful player in the fight against cancer, being specifically beneficial against skin cancer.