What is the terpene Terpinolene?

What is the terpene Terpinolene?
May 31, 2024
2 min read

Terpinolene is an uncommon terpene found in cannabis. Cultivars with high concentrations of terpinolene are often associated with the smell of unripe mango and effects well-suited for daytime, although terpinolene can be found in a wide variety of cannabis strains

What is the terpene Terpinolene?

What are terpenes?

Terpenes are flavour compounds commonly found in plants. They contribute towards the aroma of cannabis and are believed to influence its effects. If you would like to learn more about terpenes, have a look at our article – What are cannabis terpenes?

Terpinolene and its properties

What does terpinolene smell like?

In its pure form, Terpinolene is said to have a woody, pine, citrus, and floral aroma. When present among other flavour compounds present in cannabis, cultivars high in terpinolene may exhibit an acrid, sour smell similar to an unripe mango.

What are the properties of terpinolene?

Terpinolene is commonly associated with sativa-dominant cultivars, although it can also be present in indica-type cultivars that produce more lethargic effects. Little is known about the exact effects of terpinolene on the body, and research into terpinolene’s effect on cannabis is complicated by the large number of compounds present alongside it in the plant.

Where is terpinolene found in nature?

Terpinolene is found in:

  • Mango
  • Pine
  • Sage
  • Apple
  • Nutmeg
  • Lilacs
  • Cannabis
What temperature does terpinolene vaporise at?

The boiling point of terpinolene is relatively high, around 188°C. A digital vaporiser must be set at or above this temperature in order to vaporise terpinolene effectively.

What strains have the most terpinolene?

Terpinolene is an uncommon terpene typically found in the ‘Jacks and Haze’ class of cannabis. It is associated with a shifting co-dominance of myrcene and caryophyllene, including classic sativa strains such as Trainwreck, Jack Herer, Durban Poison, and Super Lemon Haze.

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For The Extra Curious:

What type of terpene is terpinolene?

Terpenes are classed according to the number of carbon atoms they contain. Terpinolene is a monoterpene, meaning it contains two isoprene units. Monoterpenes like terpinolene are less stable than other terpenes, vaporise at lower temperatures, and are found in relatively higher concentrations in fresh cannabis.

If you would like to learn more about the terpenes in your prescription, you may be able to find the Certificate of Analysis (CoA) on Catalyst or Canna Reviews. If you have any questions about the health effects of terpinolene, please ask your doctor.


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Please note that this blog was not written by a licensed medical practitioner and therefore is not providing medical advice. We do not endorse the use of cannabis or any other illicit drugs. Like any medication, cannabis has potential negative side effects and should only be used under the guidance of a qualified medical professional. For the latest information on cannabis prescription and use, please visit the TGA website. If you are considering cannabis as a treatment option, we encourage you to consult with a licensed healthcare professional.

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