Terpene Spotlight: Limonene

Up close look at the limonene terpene next to a vial and a half cut lemon.

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Next in our terpene spotlight series, we’re featuring limonene. Like pinene before it, its name gives a good indication of its flavor profile, but that’s only one of the important things you should know about this compound.

We’ve put together all the important information for you here.

Where do you find limonene?

As Leafly states, limonene is secreted from the cannabis flower’s resin glands. Weedmaps notes it as one of the most abundant terpenes along with myrcene. This fragrant oil is secreted along with the THC and CBD cannabinoids.

Unlike THC, however, limonene is usually only found in trace amounts less than 2 percent. It’s more dominant in certain strands, including strawberry banana, white fire OG, do-si-dos and wedding cake.

In addition to cannabis, you’ll find this terpene in certain natural elements, including fruit rinds, rosemary, and mint. You can also find it in many everyday items, such as cosmetics and cleaning products.

What does limonene taste like?

As you could probably guess from the name, limonene has a strong citrus flavor profile. While some smell distinctly of lemon, others have a less distinct citrus smell.

It’s also worth noting that some strains that smell like lemon aren’t necessarily limonene-heavy. Discussing with a budtender can help make sure that you’re getting the right product for you.

What does limonene do?

A lot of the existing research on the effects of limonene uses a higher concentration than what is found in cannabis. That said, limonene products have several potential benefits that are still being looked into.

On the physical side of things, limonene shows a strong potential as an anti-tumor treatment. It has shown particular help in lung and brain cancer. It may also help relieve heartburn and acid reflux.

Limonene also shows major benefits for mental health, including elevated mood and stress relief. It can be beneficial to manage both depression and anxiety. It may also be helpful in treating insomnia.

What limonene cannabis product is right for me?

Curious about what limonene products we offer? Wayne Releaf is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. We proudly serve Wayne County and surrounding Washtenaw and Oakland counties. Visit our dispensary and our team will help you select the perfect product.

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