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Limonene: Discover the Benefits and Effects of the Citrusy Terpene

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One of the most popular terpenes found in nature and cannabis, limonene has shown to have many remedying benefits as well. Learn more about this citrusy terpene.

Terpenes: A Quick Re-take

Terpenes are oils that determine the scent and modify the effects of cannabis. They are secreted in the same glands that produce cannabinoids like THC & CBD. Read the full terpene overview.

What Is Limonene?

Limonene is the second most common terpene in nature. It is a citrusy terpene found naturally in fruit rinds, rosemary, juniper, and peppermint. This terpene vaporizes at 348 degrees Fahrenheit. While limonene is assumed to be abundant in “lemon” strains, this isn’t always the case. 

Benefits

More research is needed to determine limonenes potential therapeutic benefits, but some studies have shown it elevates mood, relieves stress, and has antifungal and antibacterial properties. 

Like myrcene, this terpene has shown to help with relieving anxiety. It’s also thought to improve absorption of other terpenes and cannabinoids by way of mucous membranes, digestive tract, and skin. 

There is promising research that limonene inhibits the growth of tumors. High doses, beyond that found in cannabis, are most likely needed to yield such results. However, more research is needed to determine potential anticancer benefits.

flowers high in limonene

What Strains Are High in Limonene?

Some high limonene strains include Original Glue (GG #4), Cinex, and Cookies & Cream. In general, sativa strains tend to have higher levels of limonene, but this terpene can be found in high levels in indica and hybrid strains as well. 

Cookie strains commonly contain high amounts of limonene, but are not often limonene dominant, meaning another terpene, usually, caryophyllene is more prevalent. 

Other Cannabis Products to Try

Limonene is commonly found in vape cartridges and in concentrates. Since carts and concentrates tend to be stronger than flower, terpenes tend to be more prevalent. Remedy’s Skywalker OG Live Resin Sauce has 13.5mg of limonene. 

Topicals, tinctures, and edibles can also contain trace amounts of limonene, but generally not in high enough amounts to show up on lab tests.

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