Unlocking the therapeutic benefits of cannabis terpene sabinene

What is a terpene?

Although most plants contain only trace amounts of terpenes, cannabis contains over 400 of these compounds. Terpenes are like nature’s aromatic signature, contributing to the unique essence of various plants and providing potential therapeutic benefits.

What is sabinene?

In cannabis, sabinene is responsible for imparting a spicy, woody, and citrusy scent to certain strains. Found alongside other terpenes like myrcenelimonene, and pinene, sabinene contributes to the complex bouquet of aromas that make each cannabis strain unique.

While its name might not ring as loudly as THC or CBD, sabinene plays a crucial role in shaping the fragrance, flavor, and potential therapeutic effects of cannabis. Join us as we explore this unique terpene.


What does Sabinene smell like?

Sabinene is a terpene that is commonly used in fragrance manufacturing and aromatherapy because of its spicy scent with notes of citrus and pine. Its aroma reminds one of the woods and pine needles on a crisp autumn day.

When it comes to flavours, sabinene is a unique blend of woody, herbal, and slightly peppery notes. Its pleasant, warming taste adds a complex and aromatic dimension to foods, beverages, perfumes, and oils.

Where else can you find Sabinene?

Did you know that sabinene isn’t just present in cannabis? It can also be found in various other plants that have strong fragrances, such as:

  1. Holm oak trees
  2. Spruce trees
  3. Juniper bushes
  4. Clove plants
  5. Black pepper
  6. Nutmeg
  7. Norway spruce
Sabinene - Health benefits

What are the health benefits of Sabinene?

Anti-inflammatory benefits – 

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury or infection. However, sometimes it can become chronic, leading to pain, swelling, and reduced movement. Chronic inflammation can also contribute to various conditions, including arthritis and cancer. Sabinene is a compound that may help in reducing inflammation by preventing the production of certain inflammatory substances like nitric oxide (NO) and prostaglandins (PGs).

study investigated the effects of the essential oils in the water-hemlock plant. The research found that the sabinene content in the plant has strong anti-inflammatory properties.

Antioxidant properties – 

Antioxidants play a vital role in maintaining the health and protection of our cells. Free radicals, on the other hand, are molecules that can harm our cells. They lack an electron pair and tend to damage cell health as they move around seeking a match. Antioxidants possess an electron that they can donate to free radicals, thus neutralising them and preventing them from damaging our cells.

study revealed that sabinene may exert antioxidant effects as it has the property to provide significant protection from oxidative deterioration.

Antimicrobial properties – 

Sabinene has been found to possess antimicrobial properties that can help protect you from harmful microbes. A study conducted on Cupressaceae plant essential oils revealed that one such essential oil, which is rich in sabinene, exhibited a moderate ability to combat various bacteria, including Streptococcus, Influenzae, Campylobacter, and E. Coli.

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome patient care

How can I determine which terpenes are most appropriate for me?

Terpenes are an important part of any cannabis strain. They have the power to work synergistically with cannabinoids and various other cannabis plant compounds to create beneficial effects for patients managing a range of medical conditions.

At Mamedica, our team of doctors will assess your medical history and recommend a strain that is safe and effective for your condition whilst taking into consideration the power of terpenes. After your online consultation, you will receive a customised treatment plan that addresses your specific condition and concerns. To see if you are eligible for medical cannabis treatment, click here.