Meet the Terpenes: Limonene

Citrus fruits contain lots of limonene, as do some. Photo Credit: Christmas Farmers Market via photopin (license)

Meet the Terpenes: Limonene

Sure-fire recipe for a limonene buffet: Chocolate cake, your favorite bitter IPA and a little – OK maybe a lot – of Sour Lemon Haze, and then maybe some cannabutter added to the dessert.

Limonene ranks right behind pinene as the most common terpene in the plant world. In nature, limonene’s function is to repulse flies and other insect predators. But since you are not one of these predators, you may actually enjoy its citrus fragrance with the peppermint undertone.

Limonene is versatile and shows up frequently in our food and our pot. Limonene usually has the second, third or fourth highest concentration of the terpenes in a particular strain of cannabis. OG Kush and Bubba Kush are a couple of strains high in this terpene, but if the strain has a citrus fruit in its name, or gives off that fresh citrus scent, the odds are good it has a lot of limonene.

Stress relief, increased alertness and elevated mood are the main effects we feel when using a high-limonene pot. Since this terpene can improve your mood, it can be used to treat depression. However, it is possible for it to make you restless. It also acts as an antioxidant and an antibacterial agent.

This terpene works synergistically with several cannabinoids. Studies indicate that when combined with CBD and CBG, limonene causes the death of breast cancer cells. THC participates in the “entourage effect” with limonene to reduce gastrointestinal reflux, boost the digestive system, and provide a beneficial treatment for duodenal ulcers. It acts as an antifungal agent with the help of CBG. When working with CBD, limonene can reduce anxiety, stimulate the immune system and is effective against acne bacteria.

My favorite cannabutter/limonene dessert is triple chocolate brownies with orange zest. What’s yours?