Terpenes: Terpinolene

Terpinolene is a terpene most often found in the “Haze” varieties. Cannabis varieties titled with the names Super Silver Haze, Orange Haze, Jack Herer, and Dutch Treat are all examples of varieties that typically produce a dominant concentration of terpinolene. 

Besides showing up in many cannabis varieties, terpinolene is also found in turnips and turpentine. For a long while, research scientists believed terpinolene to act as a sedative. This was due to experiments that determined mice inoculated with terpinolene showed a great reduction in muscle motility contributing to sedation. However, these findings contradicted anecdotal evidence of cannabis consumers who reported that varieties high in terpinolene caused stimulation. Upon further investigation, it was found that terpinolene’s ability to sedate may in fact be reversed when combined with THC. Therefore, research scientists believe that while terpinolene may act as a sedative in isolated form, it most likely acts as a stimulant when in the presence of THC. Here is a snapshot of how terpinolene may influence a cannabis experience:

Aroma. Aroma helps us to identify terpenes when we don’t have lab results. Terpenes are consumed through our olfactory glands before we even inhale or ingest. Therefore, the smell of a variety can affect the experience. It also may contribute to taste. 


Terpinolene’s Aroma: sharp, diesel, pinesol cleaner

Effects on mood: In cannabis, terpinolene most likely contributes to cerebral stimulation and may create heightened energy and whizzing thought spirals often associated with some cannabis varieties. For some, this experience is a positive one leading to further productivity and focus. For others, this experience can be negative and lead to feeling trapped inside one’s head. For consumers new to this terpene – take it slow and microdose.  

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