What is Limonene?

Limonene is a terpene found in both sativa and indica cannabis strains that gives off a citrus fragrance most commonly associated with the scent of lemons, oranges, limes, grapefruits and other citrus fruit rinds. Sour and tangy are two words commonly used when describing limonene. Limonene can also provide a floral and herbal scent similar to nutmeg, tea tree, mint, pine, rosemary, juniper, cumin, and lilacs. As cannabis plants grow, the limonene produced helps to warn off predators from consuming or ruining the immature plant. Limonene is one of the most popular terpenes found in cannabis strains across the United States.

Cannabis Terpenes: Limonene

Medicinal Benefits of Limonene

Currently, there is not enough research to claim that limonene is a proven treatment for the following conditions in humans. Exploratory tests have shown limonene to be effective treating anxiety, inflammation and depression while also providing anti-fungal, bacterial, and cancer fighting properties. Limonene has been effective in slowing the growth of colon, liver, pancreatic, skin, and stomach cancers as well as reducing the size of tumors in animals. Limonene can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by inhibiting cell death over time. Limonene is also known to aid in both absorption and digestion.

Limonene is highly absorbed when inhaled but can also be consumed in oil form. Limonene is commonly used in aroma therapy.

Common Cannabis Strains with Limonene

Limonene is present on several cannabis plants but rarely at such a level that would be effective at fighting a disease. Anyone researching limonene as a form of treatment should consult with their physician to discuss appropriate dosing and methods of consumption. While limonene can be present in both sativa and indica plants it is much more common in sativa strains. Find sativa strains with limonene at your local dispensary.

  • Berry White
  • Super Lemon Haze
  • Tangie
  • Jack Herer
  • Miracle Alien Cookies (MAC)

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