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Alana Rossi
August 19, 2023

Sabinene is an aromatic terpene found in cannabis and other plants such as Norway spruce, oak trees, and black pepper. It has a spicy, peppery scent with citrus undertones. While not one of the most abundant terpenes in cannabis, noticeable levels of sabinene can be found in varieties like Super Silver Haze. Early research indicates sabinene has therapeutic potential as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial. A 2009 study demonstrated sabinene's ability to act as an antioxidant and free radical scavenger, which may help reduce oxidative stress. Other research found sabinene exhibited antibacterial effects against foodborne pathogens. However, most studies have tested sabinene in isolation or in plants other than cannabis. More research is still needed to understand how sabinene may interact with other cannabis compounds and contribute to the entourage effect. Anecdotally, the peppery tang of sabinene is said to sharpen focus and concentration.

Seeking out strains with significant sabinene content may benefit consumers looking for an energizing cerebral experience. The spicy, stimulating aroma could provide a wake-up call to the senses when consumed. However, the research is still preliminary and lacks comprehensive clinical trials specifically testing sabinene's effects when combined with other cannabis components. Until more thorough studies are conducted, the benefits remain somewhat theoretical and anecdotal. For now, paying attention to scent and sampling strains with descriptions mentioning sabinene or a peppery smell can help guide choices, but effects will also depend on a person's unique endocannabinoid system. Overall, while limited evidence exists, sabinene's purported invigorating and antimicrobial properties make it an interesting terpene to look out for.

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