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Terpene Spotlight: Limonene

This week in our final terpene spotlight, we are going to highlight a terpene that is actually more well known for its presence in other botanicals than in cannabis! Limonene is objectively the most well known terpene, and has been used for centuries for its incredible aroma and medicinal properties. 

Which strains are heavy in limonene?

Sativas are definitely the first place you’re going to want to look for limonene, but it is often present in indicas and hybrids too. Limonene is usually only found in small amounts but packs a large punch. Some specific strains that may come to mind when seeking limonene density are Durban Poison, Lemon Diesel, Super Lemon Haze, Do-Si-Dos, Jack the Ripper, and OG Kush.  

How can I tell if a strain has limonene?

Does it make your face pucker when you smell it? It probably has limonene! That’s right, the sharp scent is the telltale sign a strain is limonene filled. If your cannabis smells a little bit like a cleaning product, it’s likely the limonene. You may also tell if you notice yourself feeling giddy, as this is a mood-elevating terpene. And yes… we will say it until we are blue in the face: testing is the only sure fire way to tell the terpene percentage!

What are the medical benefits of limonene?

There are a significant amount of medical benefits of limonene alone, in particular in combination with cannabinoids. One of the most exciting potential benefits of limonene is anecdotal and research examples of it shrinking a variety of tumors, including skin, mammary, and brain tumors. Future research is aimed at determining the potential for limonene to benefit individuals with depression, anxiety, and OCD. It is also associated with helping other terpenes absorb into the body, reducing stress, and alleviating heartburn.

Where else is limonene present?

The number one place to find the highest concentrations of limonene is in lemons, limes, and oranges. It is known by most as simply a compound extracted from said citruses, however, it is also of course present in cannabis and a variety of other botanicals. Further, it is found outside botanical areas, as it is in many cleaning supplies and skincare products, at least once it is extracted from citrus. If it’s in your cleaning products or pore cleanser, it is not extracted from cannabis! 

The easiest way to remember limonene is to think “lemons and limes have limonene!” When life gives you lemons, extract the limonene! It has an exquisite amount of medicinal benefits, and smells so good!