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Terpenes 101: What is Limonene?

Limonene is commonly associated with citrus scents, but it’s actually the second most abundant terpene in the plant kingdom. It can be found in juniper bushes, dill, rosemary, peppermint, and many of the most popular cannabis strains, including The Green Organic Dutchman’s Organic Skunk Haze.

The fresh, citrusy notes of limonene can also be readily found in a wide range of food products, cleaning products, and cosmetics. If you take a quick look around your own home, you’re sure to find at least a few products sporting this scent in either its natural or synthetic form.

The associated therapeutic properties of limonene

Limonene offers us more than just a fresh scent and flavour.  In aromatherapy, it’s known for boosting moods and relieving stress. 

It also has proven antibacterial and antiviral properties, which is why it’s associated with cleanliness and can be found in so many housekeeping and beauty products.

Medicinally speaking, limonene has been used to dissolve cholesterol-containing gallstones, relieve heartburn and acid reflux, and help prevent various types of cancer. It’s also shown anti-anxiety and anti-depression properties and is an anti-inflammatory agent.

Consuming limonene 

Cannabis offers several effective ways to consume limonene. 

If you’re looking for a recreational mood boost, you may turn to limonene-rich cannabis strains. Vaping such strains does double-duty because you get the aromatic effects of the terpene while ingesting its therapeutic effects. 

If you’re seeking relief from inflammation, you may choose to either vape a limonene-rich strain or topically apply a limonene-rich THC and CBD salve directly to the area in need.

Whatever your method of consumption, be it inhalation or ingestion, be sure you’re doing due diligence to source high-quality limonene-rich cannabis products.