Limonene is one of the most common terpenes you’re going to come across in the world of cannabis. This terpene is responsible for the lemon, lime, and citrus scent and flavor you’ll notice in the peels of fruits, as well as the resin glands of cannabis. There are currently 200 known terpenes and this one happens to be brimming with medical benefits.
According to WebMD, limonene is used to promote weight loss, prevent cancer, treat cancer, and bronchitis. It makes an appearance in manufacturing as either a fragrance or an ingredient in water-free hand sanitizers. In the pharmaceutical world it acts as an aid to medical ointments and creams to help penetrate the skin. Recent scientific research has even linked limonene to potentially be able to block cancer-forming cells.
Limonene is one of the most abundant terpenes in all cannabis strains, specifically sativa strains. The chemical form it takes in cannabis can vary in taste and flavor. This terp can sometimes smell more like tangerine than lemon. In some cases it can even take on a grapefruit-like taste in some cannabis strains. When working with the effects of THC this terpene is known to elevate your mood, offer stress relief, essentially what you would classically consider being high. Its other benefits include anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties, in addition to quelling heartburn and gastric reflux.
Limonene most commonly appears in sativa, or sativa-dominant strains. Some of these classic strains include Super Lemon Haze, Tangie, Jack Herer, and Durban Poison. These are all sativa-dominant strains that offer similarly uplifting effects on the user that stimulate brain activity. The limonene present in each of these strains may also work as an antidepressant and overall aid to reducing anxiety and stress. Other strains rich with this terp you can typically find at our shop are Gorilla Glue #4, Cinex, and Dirty Girl. If you’re looking for an indica strain that has ample amounts of this terp Hindu Kush is your best bet.