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It’s the Perfect Time of Year to Enjoy These Pinene Rich Strains in Ohio

It’s official, the holiday season is upon us. Now that Halloween is behind us and daylight savings is over, people start looking forward to the end of the year. For many, this may be their first time with access to medical marijuana and may be curious as to how the two can work together. In this post, we will investigate pinene-rich strains of marijuana and why they may be perfect for the most wonderful time of the year. 

What is Pinene?

To start, not everyone may know what pinene is, and that’s fine! Pinene is a specific terpene. Terpenes are a class of chemicals, like alcohols or aldehydes. There are many kinds of terpenes too, and they are responsible for many of your favorite smells produced by plants and animals. For example, the “citrus” smell of lemons or oranges is due to a terpene called limonene. Terpenes are produced for a variety of reasons including protection, as some less pleasant odors can turn away potential herbivores, or even attract predators of the herbivore. They have gone on to find uses in many industries, including biotechnology and medicine. They are used in pesticides, certain therapies, and have recently been pushed into the public eye due to marijuana legalization.

Terpenes are distinct from other compounds in marijuana, like cannabinoids, and generally do not act directly on the cannabinoid receptors in our body. This doesn’t mean that their only function is to smell nice though, as they can have a huge effect on the body either independently or in conjunction with other chemicals. By themselves, terpenes can help you do many things, including relax, fight inflammation, and even improve your memory. When taken in conjunction with the other compounds present in marijuana, though, the “entourage effect” can arise [1]. The entourage effect is so called because it happens when the different compounds in marijuana work together to enhance existing or even produce new effects. Therefore, you may have heard some advocacy for “full flower” or “full spectrum” marijuana versus the use of THC or CBD isolates. 

 The terpene we are interested in, pinene, is a well-studied terpene present not just in marijuana, but pine needles, rosemary, and even basil. Scientists have even started taking note of the chemical, with research increasing dramatically in just the last decade. There is evidence of pinene having antifungal and antibacterial properties [2]. In 2016, studies found that alpha pinene (the more common form) was able to enhance non-rapid eye movement sleep in mice [3]. NREM sleep is important because this is when the body starts to repair itself, leading some people to link pinene and physical recovery. Additionally, another 2016 study found evidence of antioxidant properties [4], so it is clear that pinene, even alone, can have profound healing properties. 

What are Some Pinene-Rich Strains?

  • Haze Berry: Haze Berry is a hybrid of the Super Silver Haze and Blueberry strains, both known for very high THC levels. Generally low in CBD, Haze Berry is a high-THC sativa that produces a paradoxically relaxed-yet-energetic high. Despite its pinene content, this strain smells strongly like its parent strain, Blueberry. 
  • God’s Gift: God’s Gift is another high-THC strain even more potent than Haze Berry. With an average THC content of nearly thirty percent and almost no CBD, God’s Gift is without a doubt a heavy hitter. Because of this, it is strongly recommended to carefully dose this strain. God’s Gift is a hybrid of OG Kush and Granddaddy Purple, two very popular strains in their own right. Because of its strength, it can be used to help those with depression or anxiety relax after long days and can even help those with less-severe pain. 
  • Harlequin: Now for something a little different. Harlequin is a sativa-dominant hybrid and boasts a much higher concentration of CBD than our previous two entrants. This means it will produce a weaker high but will instead offer all of those CBD-related benefits, meaning a much more mellow answer for those with anxiety or chronic pain. It can also help put the uplift the user and has found popularity among those with everything from arthritis to stress disorders. 
  • Remedy: Remedy is for those who are looking for no-to-nearly-no psychoactive effects. With almost no THC content, this strain was bred only for its medicinal uses. Usually, you will find less than one percent of the cannabinoids in Remedy are THC, while nearly twenty percent are CBD. Users of Remedy report feeling much more relaxed, both physically and mentally, and often use it to either combat daily wear-and-tear or reduce stress. 
  • Penelope: To round out our list we have Penelope, a hybrid strain with a perfect 50/50 THC/CBD split. Because of this, it produces almost opposing effects, with users reporting feeling both grounded and uplifted. The even split also offers an interesting choice for those looking for both the relief that comes with CBD and sleep improvement from THC. 


In Conclusion


Pinene is a rising star in the medical marijuana world. Due to its inherent medical benefits and ability to work with other chemicals found in marijuana, strains high in pinene can offer a variety of effects for those willing to do the research. For those suffering from sleep problems, inflammation, and anxiety, strains high in CBD and pinene may offer some relief. As marijuana research continues to progress, it is very likely we will see more coverage on both pinene and terpenes at large. 


Cited Works

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31481004

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22634841

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27573669

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24081629