by Brittiany Ralls
Orange, lemon, lime, as I name these you can smell them quite intensely, I’m sure. That should give you a slight hint as to the next terpene we are covering…. I’m sure you guessed it, Limonene! Limonene is such a great terpene that it gets used in cosmetics and cleaning supplies. Making it a terpene that is easily recognized. At least at the grocery store. That may not always be the case with cannabis. Cannabis is typically made of several terpenes making the aroma a medley of smells, not always allowing us to know exactly what is really in higher concentration for all cannabis. Lucky for us we live in a time of legalized cannabis! Making our shopping experiences a little more informed with the help of testing. That way you don’t have to just base it off your own sniffer!
Limonene “The Regulator” is a terpene that is widely sought after because of its many benefits, lets dig into all the ways Limonene can help our endocannabinoid system.
As we continue along in our terpene series you will see that some terpenes have the same smells or can assist the human body in some of the same areas of relief. With Limonene you will see that it helps in a lot of the same areas as Myrcene, which we discussed first, but has it’s very own distinct smell. As Limonene’s name might suggest it does smell citrusy. Making it a favorite of many patients out there. Especially when you do find those strains that have high concentrations and you don’t even need a strain test to smell that citrus! As with Myrcene, Limonene helps with inflammation, pain and has been shown to inhibit breast cancer cell growth and block skin cancer cell growth.
What really sets this terpene apart is its regulator abilities. Limonene: The Regulator assists in the body’s production of serotonin and dopamine. Serotonin and dopamine assists in the regulation of our sleep cycles and moods. Because of these benefits Limonene: The Regulator helps elevate moods and reduce anxiety. There has also been some research to show that it helps in absorption of other terpenes, furthering the benefits gained from the cannabis you are consuming. The benefits of Limonene doesn’t stop there, some studies have also shown antifungal and antibacterial properties. Which makes a lot of sense as to why it’s used in cleaning supplies.
With all the benefits that Limonene offers this isn’t a terpene you want to pass up on.
If you are looking for strains that may have more Limonene, look for strains like Wedding Cake, MAC, and Do-Si-Dos. These strains have been also known to help with inducing appetites. Remember, if you are unsure if you smell Limonene never be afraid to ask for testing. This is your medicine, getting the right medicine is what’s important. As we continue along in our series we will learn more about terpenes, increasing our knowledge and allowing you to have more control over your health and happiness. Increasing that mood with some Limonene in your life could be a good start!