Terpinolene is usually only present in very small amounts and it is probably the least-common of all cannabis terpenes. However, it has an important role in defining the taste and smell of those strains it is present in, and there are a few strains that are terpinolene dominant. Terpinolene is thought to contribute a wide bouquet of scents, such as pines, flowers, herbs and citrus. Furthermore, many describe it as ‘fresh’, which is why it is often found in soaps and perfumes.
There are also some studies that suggest terpinolene may have therapeutic benefits. As an essential oil, it may have antibacterial and antifungal properties. Some research also suggests that it can act as an insect repellent. Perhaps more importantly, there is researching being carried out into terpinolene’s ability to reduce the risk of heart disease when used in conjunction with other nutrients, and also to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.