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This is another example of a terpene, or essential oil, that is found in cannabis and hemp plants. It has an earthy and woody scent, similar to that of pine trees or cedar. Pinene is often found in coniferous trees, which include cedar, firs and junipers. This terpene is also naturally occurring in other sources, such as frankincense, sage, rosemary and eucalyptus. Picture the scent of walking into a pine forest and you’ve got Pinene!
In traditional medicine, Alpha-Pinene has been used to relieve respiratory issues like congestion and serving as a pain reliever or anti-microbial when applied topically. In traditional Chinese medicine, Pinene has been used in anti-cancer treatments. The pinene terpene can be found in cosmetics and many aromatherapy products today.
What are the benefits of Alpha-Pinene?
Like several of its terpene counterparts, Alpha-Pinene has anti-cancer properties. Pinene is being specially looked at for the treatment of pancreatic cancer and has shown promise in protecting the organ. Additionally, Pinene acts as an anti-inflammtory to the organ for people suffering with acute pancreatitis.
For the respiratory system, Alpha-Pinene serves as a powerful bronchodilator. A bronchodilator is anything that causes the broadening of the bronchi, making it easier to breath. Pinene is metabolized easily within the human body and this means that the relief is felt quickly. This terpene can relieve multiple forms of congestion, including the lungs and sinuses. In the respiratory system, Pinene is being contributed to acting as an anti-viral and stopping bronchitis infections.
When applied topically, Alpha-Pinene has being used in pain-relieving balms. Additionally, Pinene has natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, so it used to treat wounds and other infections. Pinene has shown relief to users with skin conditions, like eczema. Pinene can also be beneficial as a natural bug repellent as the scent deters bugs. Certain cosmetics boast that Alpha-Pinene can help minimize oily skin.
Why use CBD products containing Alpha-Pinene?
The “entourage effect” between CBD and Alpha-Pinene is a synergistic relationship that boosts and enhances the effects of both compounds when used together. Although whole plant products are very low in THC, Pinene is shown to neutralize the negative side effects that some people experience with THC, such as anxiety and paranoia.
As far as fighting infections, both Alpha-Pinene and CBD have natural anti-microbial effects. This means that these compounds are successful in combating baterical and fungal infections in a broad spectrum. A specific example is the ability shown from these two compounds in combating severe infections like MRSA and other forms of staph.
CBD and Alpha-Pinene also work together to increase awareness and focus. The duo can also help improve short term memory loss in those that utilize it. In the brain, acetylcholinesterase is an enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine. Acetylcholine in a neurotransmitter that increases learning capabilities and memory retention. Pinene and CBD are shown to inhibit acetylcholinesterase, meaning acetylcholine remains readily available in the brain.