LIMONENE – THE CANNABIS TERPENE

EXPLORING THE CANNABIS TERPENE LIMONENE

As the name seems to imply, the terpene known as Limonene is commonly associated with citrus fruits but is also produced by cannabis. You can find this terpene in a many common cleaning products, some cosmetics, candles and soaps.

WHICH CANNABIS STRAINS CONTAIN LIMONENE?

In addition to cannabis, Limonene can be found in Rosemary, citrus rinds, juniper, and peppermint, to name a few plants. When seeking a strain with Limonene you cannot judge strictly by the smell. A citrus scent may be indicate that other terpenes are at work as well. As a result, you should seek strains that have been lab tested for the percentage of Limonene to give you a precise indication of how much is in the cannabis strain. Limonene can be as low as 1% total weight of the flowering bud.

Some of the strains that have been known to produce higher amounts of Limonene include:

  • CINEX
  • STRAWBERRY COUGH
  • SUNSET SHERBERT
  • WHITE FIRE OG
  • LEMON G
  • PURPLE PUNCH
  • STRAWBERRY DIESEL

    *This information comes from Confidence Analytics, in Washington.

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF LIMONENE?

Some of the ways in which Limonene can positively benefit your health include:

  • IMPROVED MOODS
  • LOWER STRESS LEVELS
  • ANTIFUNGAL PROPERTIES
  • WORKS AS AN ANTIBACTERIAL
  • RELIEVES HEARTBURN AND REFLUX
  • IMPROVES THE METABOLISM OF OTHER TERPENES AND CHEMICALS BY IMPACTING THE SKIN, MUCOUS MEMBRANES, AND THE DIGESTIVE TRACT.
 
In lab rats, Limonene has been shown to be effective in reducing the size of tumors of the skin and mammary glands. This could be an important breakthrough in the treatment of breast cancer or melanoma cancers of the skin, with more research.Studies suggest that daily doses for 2 to 6 weeks can reduce the growth of cancer cells and begin to shrink them. While it isn’t a cure yet, this is very promising to cancer research facilities.Additional research is being conducted right now for brain cancer and lung cancer applications. It is unknown at this time if the concentration of Limonene will be high enough to produce any real treatment for cancer in humans as the dosage requirements would be much higher than that needed for mice alone. While science studies the terpenes, cultivators of cannabis are charged with the task of growing strains higher in Limonene for now.We do know that by combining cannabinoids and the terpene Limonene, there is a benefit and it is certainly worth the use even if the benefits are somewhat small. Anything to help fight-off the growth and spread of cancer cells is a benefit and possible life-extending.