An amazing feature of cannabis is the diversity of aromas and flavors it produces. Fragrances, as varied as pine, cloves, citrus fruits, black pepper, and even urine, can spring from a freshly harvested cannabis flower. And with skillful extraction, these tastes and smells can be made even more pronounced and appetizing with just one touch. But what causes this great variation in aromas and flavors? The answer is terpenes.
What are terpenes?
As discussed in a previous guide. Terpenes are responsible for the characteristic odors of certain plants such as citrus fruits, pine, cloves, mint, and others. They are the main constituent of essential oils and give the different cannabis varieties their unique aroma and flavor.
Many terpenes may have a medical as well as a psychoactive effect. The use of terpenes in health and wellness applications is well known in the practice of aromatherapy. And the evidence suggests that terpenes and cannabinoids such as THC and CBD work together and amplify each other’s medicinal and psychoactive properties in a phenomenon known as the entourage effect.
What is Limonene?
So, what exactly is limonene? It is a colorless liquid terpene most often found in orange, lemon, lemon, lime, and other citrus peel oil. It is used commercially as a flavoring agent for food and medicines, and as a fragrance in personal and household care products. It may also work as a high-powered natural cleaner solvent.
Benefits of Limonene
Research has shown that this terpene has antioxidant properties and, as such, can reduce the incidence and help in the treatment of certain cancers. Terpene can stimulate the immune system and help reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Limonene has also been shown to have benefits that include relieving pain and heartburn, improving skin repair and wound healing. It can help fight obesity and metabolic syndrome and reduce inflammation of the intestine. Terpene also has antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Cannabis strains with limonene
It is one of the most abundant terpenes in cannabis – only myrcene is more widespread. Cannabis strains with high limonene content are known for their energizing and stimulating effects that can improve mood.
Cannabis strains with a name or aroma reminiscent of citrus fruits are likely to have a terpenic profile with a high proportion of limonene. Sativa varieties such as Tangie and Super Lemon Haze and the Lemon Kush and Lemon Skunk hybrids all have a good dose of limonene, as their name suggests. Other strains rich in limonene, but without the nickname citrus fruits to warn you, are Jack Herer, OG Kush, and Sour Diesel.
So, if you like herbal varieties with a citrus taste and smell, you’re probably a fan of limonene. And not only do you get the good taste it provides, but you also get the medicinal benefits of a terpene.