One of the few strains that you can enjoy while watching a film of the same name, Pineapple Express takes the cake for providing a high that starts later than expected and lasts for hours. P.E. fans characterize the sensation as a “creeper effect;” the strain’s fruity-smoky aroma will come and go a while before the high kicks in. And what a high it is — those on a budget hail Pineapple Express for a kick that just won’t quit. But this strain provides some additional wonders beyond its everlasting in-the-clouds experience.
Pineapple Express presents a unique profile in what’s becoming a huge buzz-point in the weed community: terpenes. Terpenes, fragrant oils that lend cannabis its aromatic fullness and range, are surpassing THC and other well-known weed chemicals in interest and attention from the medical community. These oils are derived from in a flower’s sticky resin glands, the same parts that secrete THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids. It’s important to also hold in mind that terpenes are not exclusive to cannabis. They can readily be found in an array of other herbs, fruits, and plants beyond weed.
Pineapple Express is made up of four major terpenes in particular:
Caryophyllene has been praised by doctors and weed pros for ending damage to the nervous system and brain. Cannabis experts highlight this terpene as the origin of black pepper’s inherent spiciness; it can be found in cloves, hops and rosemary. Caryophyllene is also used in chewing gum, often mixed with other spicy mixtures or citrus flavorings.
Caryophyllene features the following assets to users’ health:
● Anti-inflammatory and analgesic
● Alcohol craving reduction
● Anti-anxiety and anti-depressant
Pinene also makes an appearance in Pineapple Express’ terpene profile. (PINEne, PINEapple Express — get it?!) Pinene shows off with a noticeably scent, and cannabis strains featuring pinene, like Pineapple Express, are well regarded for helping to escalate memory retention and alertness. This terpene also addresses medical issues like inflammation and breathing problems like asthma. Like all terpenes, pinene is not isolated in any one particular cannabis strain. It’s commonly found in pine needles, conifers, and sage as well.
Myrcene (also known as β-myrcene) is a terpene that shows up frequently in extremeley fragrant plants and herbs like basil, mangoes, hops, bay laurel leaves, lemongrass, and thyme.
It’s in myrcene that we start to understand why Pineapple Express provides a high that starts late and lasts long. Myrcene is one of the most effective and synergistic terpenes that interact with THC in cannabis, and this allows the well-known psychoactive chemical to more easily navigate the blood-brain barrier. So as you’re enjoying Pineapple Express, its myrcene content is assisting your brain’s ability to make the most of all those additional weed goodies.
Finally, the terpene called humulene is found naturally in clove, basil, and hops. This terpene lends an almost feminine, earthy, woodsy fragrance to the strains that feature it, as well a spicy herbal notes that longtime connoisseurs can ferret out in some of their favorite strains.
When do you like to enjoy your Pineapple Express? Right before a casual walk outside or handling weekend errands? Let us know in the comments how this strain’s terpenes enhance your experience of this Hollywood-friendly cannabis offering.