Terpene Profile: Terpinolene

Terpene Profile: Terpinolene


Formula: C10H16

Molecular Mass: 136.23404 g/mol

Boiling Point: 183-220 °C (361-428 °F)

Vapor Pressure: Unknown

LD50 (Lethal Dose): >4,000 mg/kg (Compare to Nicotine: for mice – 3mg/kg,  for humans – 40–60 mg/kg)

Terpinolene has a smokey or woody odor and is found in apple, cumin, lilac and tea tree. Terpinolene is also known as δ-terpinene, or delta terpinene. All terpinenes have the same molecular formula, weight and framework, but they differ in the placement of the carbon-carbon double bonds.

Terpinolene is neither an analgesic or an anti-inflammatory, which is surprising as most cannabinoids and terpenoids are one of the two, if not both. It does help fight cancer like most other cannabinoids, and it is anti-fungal as well as anti-bacterial. Terpinolene is a sedative which may also be helpful in cancer treatment if patients have difficulty sleeping, possibly in conjunction with other terpenes or cannabinoids like linalool and cannabinol, Outside of the human body, terpinolene has been shown to be an effective natural method to repel both mosquitoes and weevils.

235px-TerpinoleneTherapeutic Uses


  • Antibacterial – Slows bacterial growth.
  • Anti-Fungal – Inhibits the growth of fungus.
  • Anti-Insomnia – Aids with sleep.
  • Anti-Proliferative – Inhibits cancer cell growth.
  • Antioxidant – Prevents oxidation damage to other molecules in the body.
Halent 2011 – Cannabinoid and Terpenoid Chart

Halent 2011 – Cannabinoid and Terpenoid Chart

Credit: Mitchell Colbert at Leaf Online.