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Terpineol Terpene: What is Terpineol?

Terpineol is the perfect example of a small but mighty terpene because it’s usually only available in tiny amounts. Still, you shouldn’t underestimate it—it still can play a key role in certain cannabis strains. In this guide, we’ll explain:

  • What is Terpineol?
  • What Does Terpineol Smell Like?
  • What Does Terpineol Taste Like?
  • What Strains Are High in Terpineol?
  • Terpineol FAQs

What is Terpineol?

Terpineol is the name given to a group of four monoterpene alcohol isomers: α-terpineol or alpha terpineol, β-, γ-, and 4-terpineol. While terpineol is a minor terpene when compared to others like humulene or caryophyllene, it still can play a key part in the smell and taste of certain cannabis strains.

What Does Terpineol Smell Like?

Each terpineol type has its own unique scents, so depending on the type of terpineol, the flavor and aroma of the cannabis can change. Here is a breakdown of the four terpene alcohols and their smells:

  • α-terpineol: Sweet and fruity with lilac undertones. Some people compare α-terpineol with peaches. 
  • β-terpineol: Imagine walking through a forest and the fresh scent in the air. That wooded aroma is what β-terpineol smells like. 
  • γ-terpineol: Similar to alpha terpineol, γ-terpineol smells like a blend of citrus fruits. 
  • 4-terpineol: This terpene alcohol smells like a hike with its earth-meets-the-woods scent.

Ultimately, the scents of terpenes can change depending on a strain’s terpene profile, so don’t worry if you don’t smell any of these scents in terpineol-rich strains. Chances are it’s just being overpowered by another terpene. 

What Does Terpineol Taste Like?

The flavors of terpineol tend to be a little less complex than their scents. Most often, terpineol is described as mint-flavored, but there are some people who suggest it’s both woody and licorice-tasting.

What Strains Are High in Terpineol?

Strains with terpineol can be tricky to find because you can’t always rely on your nose like with other terpenes. This is especially true because terpineol strains often have pinene in them, which overshadows the subtle nuances of flavor and aroma from terpineol. That said, if you’re interested in trying terpineol, we’d recommend these to get you started:

Girl Scout Cookies or GSC

Indica-Dominant Hybrid

There are few strains that are as popular among cannabis enthusiasts as Girl Scout Cookies. This indica-dominant hybrid started thanks to a cross between OG Kush (which also made our list below) and a Durban Poison-F1 hybrid. While it hails from California, it can pretty much be found anywhere in the US. Its flavor has been described anywhere from sweet mint to cherry candy, but its aroma is consistently earthy, spicy, and sweet. Just start slow if it’s your first time with GSC—its THC potency reaches 28%.

Blue Dream

Sativa-Dominant Hybrid

The strains Blueberry and Haze came together to create this 60% sativa/40% indica hybrid called Blue Dream—and it’s as delicious as its parents. Sweet and fruity with hints of vanilla, this strain smells as good as it tastes, and we can likely thank terpineol for some of that. Blue Dream is popular among both medical marijuana patients and recreational cannabis enthusiasts for its THC levels of 17-24%, its 2% CBD, and its splash of CBN (1%). 

OG Kush or OGK

Sativa-Dominant Hybrid

Medical marijuana patients likely have already heard of this strain—it’s one of the most popular among patients across the country and beyond. OG Kush is a semi-balanced hybrid (45% indica and 55% sativa) created thanks to a cross between Chemdawg and Hindu Kush. While you can definitely notice the pine scent from pinene in this strain, you’ll also notice a sour citrus, which is likely thanks to terpineol. OG Kush packs anywhere from 20-26% THC and 1% CBN.

Answering FAQs About Terpineol

We get a lot of questions about this small but mighty strain. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions and their answers:

Is terpineol an indica or sativa?
Terpineol isn’t sativa or indica. Rather, it’s a terpene, so it can be found in both indica, sativa, and hybrid marijuana strains. 

Does terpineol get you “high?”
The term “high” refers to the psychoactive effects of cannabis. Terpenes like terpineol do not provide these effects. 

Is terpineol a terpene? 
Yes, terpineol is a terpene found in cannabis and other plants. 

Purchasing Terpineol Strains

The best way to get your hands on a terpineol-rich strain is to head down to one of your favorite marijuana dispensaries and talk to a budtender. They can likely point you to a couple of the strains on this list, and they are happy to recommend others if these options don’t suit your needs.

Recreational cannabis is not available in all states. Cannabis is for medical use only and may only be used by certified patients in Pennsylvania. State laws impact what dispensaries can and can’t sell to recreational customers and certified patients. Not every type of product, consumption method, dosage form, or potency mentioned on this blog will be permitted in all locations.