Pinene: Alpha: Pine needles, rosemary. Beta: Dill, parsley, rosemary, basil, yarrow, rose, hops.
The familiar fragrance associated with pine trees and pine tar resin. The major ingredient in turpentine and is found in may other essential plant oils including rosemary, sage, and eucalyptus. Pinene can assist in increasing mental focus and energy, act as an expectorant, bronchodilator (the feeling of smoke expanding in your lungs), and as a topical antiseptic. Easily crosses the blood-brain barrier where it inhibits activity of acetylcholinesterase, which in turn destroys acetylcholine, an information transfer molecule, resulting in increased memory. It may counteract THC's activity, which leads to low acetylcholine levels. Rosemary and sage are considered "memory plants, largely due to the presence of Pinene. Various concoctions, prepared from their leaves, have been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine to retain and restore memory.