Terpene Highlight: Limonene
Benefits, Uses and Enjoyment
Terpenes, such as limonene, are oils produced in the resin glands of cannabis buds alongside other cannabinoids such as THC and CBD. Terpenes can affect more than just the flavor and smell of flower - they can also change a strain’s effect on its consumer. This is due to the “Entourage Effect” - when terpenes are combined with CBD, they encourage specific therapeutic effects in a much higher volume than if introduced to the body alone. Just like the lemon-lime flavor implied through its name, limonene is the terpene responsible for giving citrus-strong strains their citrusy flavor and smell. Some strains have more limonene than others, for example, Lemon Skunk and Tangerine Haze are known for their high concentrations of limonene. If a strain name includes the name of a citrus fruit, it is a good rule of thumb that that strain contains a high concentration of limonene.
Effects and Benefits
Limonene has distinct effects on the cannabis consumer. After consuming a strain with limonene terpenes in it, consumers experience many benefits. Limonene is especially good for medicinal uses because it helps improve the absorption rate of other terpenes and chemicals through mucous membranes, skin, and the digestive system. Limonene has antifungal and antibacterial properties which also promote healing and overall wellbeing.
Limonene has been shown to have many beneficial effects on medical cannabis patients and recreational consumers alike. It’s known for relieving stress and elevating moods, putting the consumer in a happier, more relaxed state. It may even be useful in helping to treat depression and anxiety because of this. There are also studies showing that limonene may even help relieve the symptoms of gastric reflux and heartburn. This could be due to its acid neutralizing effect as well as its ability to dissolve bile in the gallbladder at its source rather than it moving up into the digestion tract at the wrong time, the second cause of acid reflux issues. Recent studies have shown that the terpene limonene can actually reduce cancer cell growth, as well as improve airflow into the lungs. Strains that have limonene-rich terpene profiles are especially important to make available to medical patients due to these helpful properties.
Purchasing CBD extracts that include added terpenes instead of flower allows you to be sure that the product you’re consuming contains the exact terpenes you are looking for. SimpliHemp manufactures a tincture with high concentrations of limonene: Tranquil. Tranquil is formulated with limonene, linalool, and myrcene (two other terpenes) to produce anti-anxiety, mood-supporting results. SimpliHemp’s tinctures can be used sublingually for up to six hours of relief.