Limonene Explained

Evan Doherty
Limonene Explained

Limonene is a terpene that gives cannabis plants citrusy and zesty aromas and tastes. It’s the second most common terpene in nature.

All cannabis products have distinct functions, effects, aromas and tastes. However, the thing they have in common is terpenes, compounds responsible for giving each strain its own smells and tastes. Limonene is no exception to this quota.


Let’s talk about limonene…

Now, we’re going to dive into specifics! What is limonene, and what is its impact on cannabis products? First things first, what is limonene? It’s a chemical found in citrus fruits like lemons, limes and oranges. You can also find them as terpenes in cannabis products with sweet and zesty tastes and aromas.


What does limonene do for the human body? That’s the question we’re going to answer in this section. Limonene boasts several health benefits. It can decrease the effects of various diseases and can act as an alternative treatment option in some cases. However, knowing what it helps with is essential if you go down this route. According to a 2020 study from the National Library of Medicine, it works as an anti-inflammatory. It is effective against respiratory inflammation, atopic dermatitis, arthritis and neuroinflammation. Limonene also boosts mood.

Entourage Effect

As discussed in our previous post, the Entourage Effect is the ability of terpenes and other cannabinoids to interact with one another. Scientific research suggests that limonene, combined with other ingredients, increases the anxiolytic, sedative, and anti-stress effects of cannabidiol. In turn, a product containing limonene will make you feel more relaxed. You will also have higher levels of serotonin and dopamine. Studies about limonene and its interactions with other terpenes and cannabinoids are ongoing. What they do when exposed to THC and CBD has yet to be confirmed. However, one part is known. Like other terpenes, it tends to reduce the anxiety caused by THC.


Each terpene has a unique scent. What makes limonene so special? Sweet like an orange or zesty as a lemon, limonene is one of the strongest terpenes around. It’s also the second most common after myrcene, which is why it’s also used in cannabis products and different types of soaps. Many people choose it as their go-to option because it’s easy to find. One thing to remember is that it combines with other ingredients in cannabis products. Limonine consists of fragrant oils that are secreted alongside THC and CBD. Also, many terpenes work together to remind you of delicious fruit hanging above your head.


One of the aspects that set limonene apart is its distinct flavour profile. You probably recognize the taste of limonene as it’s almost everywhere. From cannabis strains to lemonade, it’s simple to distinguish this terpene. In fact, the name limonene is a reference to an instantly recognizable fruit. It comes from the French word “limon,” which means lemon.


There’s more to know…

 In short, much is unknown about limonene, but it could be one of the most innovative terpenes in the future. It does not target specific parts of the brain like other terpenes. That doesn’t stop it from boasting several benefits. As research progresses, the effects of limonene may become more clear.

In the meantime, you can still enjoy the signature citrus profile of limonene! Education is key to understanding the importance of this terpene in the world of cannabis.

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