What is Limonene and What Are Its Benefits?

By Rolling Up

Terpenes are hydrocarbon particles found in many plants and some insects. Have you ever wondered what’s responsible for creating that zesty scent in your favorite strain? It’s limonene. Limonene is one of the most abundant terpenes found in cannabis. It’s a colorless liquid most likely found in the peel of most citrus fruits like lemons, oranges, limes. It’s also found in everyday products such as cosmetics and cleaning products. 

Limonene terpenes are found in the flower’s resin glands. Although the name limonene is often assumed to be in strains that smell like lemons that is not true. It only contains small traces of the terpene. Some strains exhibit higher levels of limonene but it depends on the strain, growing techniques, and genetics of the plant. 

Research has shown that limonene has antioxidant properties to alleviate stress and anxiety both through inhalation and oral administrations. It has been shown to relieve gastric problems such as heartburn and acid reflux. Both sativas and indicas express this citrusy terpene, allowing all strains to benefit from this terpene. 

Studies have been unclear about the overall effects on how limonene interacts with the body and mind. It’s unknown if it stimulates the brain's olfactory receptors or directly affects the brain cells itself. With all of the health and mood boosting benefits, limonene is an all-star in the terpene world. 

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