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- Also found in: Pine needles, conifers, sage
- Class: Monoterpene
- Formula: C10H16
- Molecular Weight.: 136.23404 g / mol
- Boiling Point: 166º
- CAS: 127-91-3
It is a bicyclic monoterpene, one of the two isomers of pinene. Just as alpha-pinene smells like pine resin, beta-pinene maintains an aromatic pine base but also has aromas of wood and turpentine even nuances of dill, parsley and basil. The flavors coincide with the aromas, predominantly pine over touches of wood, solvent and turpentine (turpentine).
In the plant kingdom, beta-pinene is usually found in lower proportions than alpha-pinene, but in the specific case of cannabis species (especially in sativa-predominant varieties) it is common to find similar levels of beta-pinene and sometimes even superior to alpha-pinene.