Terpenes 101 – Limonene

By Cambridge Cannabis Company

November 1, 2023

Terpenes 101 – Limonene  

Prefer a nice citrus note in your favorite cannabis strains in Vermont? If so, there may be one particular terpene to thank for that pleasing experience: limonene. The limonene terpene is one of the easiest to identify when it comes to aromatics and flavor, and it also happens to be a common compound found in cannabis. However, flavor and smell are only two things to appreciate about limonene because this terpene may have a lot to offer when it comes to effects. Take a closer look at the all-star limonene terpene below.

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What Is Limonene?

In scientific terms, limonene (or d-limonene, as it is often notated) is a mono-terpene found in an array of botanical species, including cannabis. While cannabis is definitely common and abundant in many cultivars of cannabis, this terpene can be found in everything from citrus fruit to lemon balm and citronella plants. Limonene is so naturally abundant, in fact, that it is one of the most commonly used natural compounds in manufacturing to add aromatics to cosmetics, foods, and even household cleaning supplies.

As can be expected, limonene produces a telltale citrusy aroma, which can be quite prominent in certain cannabis strains. However, limonene can also come across with unique flavor notes when paired with something like the myrcene terpene, which has a more fruit-spectrum aromatic quality. Additionally, the fragrance can be easily overpowered by more intense aromatic compounds.

The limonene structure is not comparable to cannabinoids, and it does not interact with the endocannabinoid system on its own like caryophyllene. Nevertheless, this citrusy terpene can bring its own effects and proposed benefits to the table.

Limonene Terpene Effects

Limonene is a well-studied terpene because it can be so abundant in nature. However, researchers are not exactly sure how limonene provides the effects that it does when it is consumed or even inhaled by humans. Some studies have suggested that inhaling the vapors of limonene may actually affect key regions in the brain responsible for moods. A few limonene effects when the terpene has been isolated and studied include:

  • Uplifted, happier mood
  • Lowered stress levels or anxious thoughts
  • Calmer overall emotional and physical state

Potential Limonene Benefits

While limonene’s effects on a psychoactive level are one area to pay attention to when it comes to cannabis, limonene may also offer other noteworthy therapeutic benefits. This terpene has been examined in several animal and human studies and continues to be evaluated for value when it comes to illness and disease. While there are still things we don’t know about how limonene works, limonene benefits can potentially include:

  • Targeting abnormal malignant cells
  • Supporting people with certain mood disorders
  • Helping with pain by providing anti-inflammatory actions
  • Stabilizing blood sugar levels
  • Supporting the immune system
  • Protecting and supporting the digestive system
  • Reducing levels of oxidative stress in the body through antioxidant activity

The Effects of Limonene and Cannabinoids

When combined with cannabinoids like THC and CBD, limonene may enhance the overall cannabis experience. A synergistic “entourage effect” is important to note when combining terpenes and cannabinoids. This combination can result in a more balanced, therapeutic, and pleasant high.

As mentioned earlier, limonene is believed to have mood-elevating and stress-reducing properties, which may work well when paired with high-THC strains that have a reputation for causing paranoia or slight anxiety. Further, limonene may offer a certain level of telltale alertness when paired with CBD.

High Limonene Strains to Try

Limonene can definitely be a desirable terpene to experience in cannabis with its effects and flavor/aromatic profile, Therefore, limonene-rich strains are a popular choice for those seeking a well-rounded and aromatic cannabis experience. Take a look at a few good higher-limonene cannabis strains to look for on dispensary menus:

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Discover Terpene-Rich Flower at Cambridge Cannabis Company

If you are looking to explore limonene effects yourself or simply love terpene-rich strains, be sure to plan a visit to Cambridge Cannabis Company. We partner with some of the most passionate cultivators in the state, which means every partner is serious about providing the most flavorful, enjoyable cannabis experience. With one of the largest inventories of flower in VT, you’re bound to find something you like on our menu. Take a few minutes to explore our menu where you can order ahead for pickup.

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By Cambridge Cannabis Company

November 1, 2023

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