Pinene: The “Memory” Terpene

A close up from the bottom of a pinecone hanging on the branch of a pine tree

In a segment Riley calls “Terp Talk,” she educates her viewers about a terpene called pinene. This terpene, as stated by its name, is found in pine trees. Let’s get into the information!

Claims of Pinene

There have been quite a few claims that the pinene terpene can be used to heighten alertness, memory, and clear thinking. But, Riley asks, is there really any molecular mechanism that actually supports any of these claims? Actually yes, there is! Is pinene the best way to improve your memory, alertness, and thinking? No. There are definitely other ways to do so. But most terpenes don’t have any activity at this enzyme, so it makes pinene relevant!


The pinene terpene can actually act as an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. This means that acetylcholinesterase, which is an enzyme, is responsible for breaking down acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter, in our brain. If we can prevent the enzyme from breaking down the neurotransmitter, that will result in more of that neurotransmitter in our brain. In this case, if we prevent acetylcholinesterase from breaking down acetylcholine, we will produce more acetylcholine in our brain. The reason pinene is claimed to help memory is because acetylcholine plays a role in memory and learning. 

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