The Cannabis Terpene Limonene


Limonene is a terpene recognizable for its zesty citrus fragrance, primarily in lemon, but also in orange, lime, and grapefruit. Limonene is found in the peels of these citrus fruits and in many varieties of cannabis. Along with myrcene, limonene is one of the most abundant terpenes to occur in cannabis. The terpene has also been explored for its many and varied potential medical uses, including its anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, antibacterial, and anticancer qualities.
In addition to its prominent presence in many varieties of cannabis, limonene occurs naturally in mint, juniper, rosemary, pine, and fennel. Some of these sources, such as rosemary, are channeled in essential oil form for therapeutic purposes including scalp massage and in muscle balms. For industrial purposes, limonene has diverse uses: as an organic herbicide, a solvent to remove oil from machinery, and a paint stripper. In traditional medicine, the terpene has been tapped for centuries as a component of remedies for bronchitis, heartburn and gallstones. Modern medicine is now delving into the therapeutic possibilities of limonene and many other terpenes, such as caryophyllene.
You have probably gotten a whiff of limonene if you have scrubbed your home with any lemon or citrus-scented cleaning products. In fact, indigenous populations have taken advantage of limonene's reported antimicrobial properties for centuries. On the dining table, you have experienced limonene when sinking your teeth into a citrus fruit or when indulging in a sweet treat such as chocolate-covered orange peels. Fruity beverages such as lemonade and citrus-flavored ice cream are two other culinary interactions you may have had with limonene. 
Limonene, one of the most well-studied terpenes found in cannabis, has a variety of possible effects on the immune system. The terpene's antibacterial and antimicrobial effects are being researched, in addition to its potential to combat mood disorders and cancer, among other ailments.
While you may detect a lemon scent and flavor in some limonene-rich cannabis strains, you may also perceive a non-specific citrus quality. Some cannabis varieties with limonene possess other potent citrus aromas and tastes, such as tangerine, so your experience will not be the same across the board.
Learn more about Limonene and other terpenes found in Cannabis at: WeedMaps

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