What is Limonene?
Limonene is an abundant terpene in many cannabis strains and various other plants. It’s one of the primary terpenes that influences the effects of a strain.
As the name implies, limonene is also found in many citrus fruits, such as lemons, oranges, and limes. It’s one of the things responsible for that strong citrus scent found in fruits and is known to promote an energized and uplifting mood.
It’s not unusual for sativa-dominant strains to have a significant presence of limonene, which probably helps with the uplifting and creative effects associated with sativa strains.
What are the Benefits of Limonene?
Limonene is gaining interest as a possible anti-fungal, anti-depressant, and even an anti-tumor ingredient. Some studies are starting to look at limonene as a potential treatment for breast cancer. This examination of limonene for the treatment of breast cancer demonstrated a “reduced breast tumor cyclin D1 expression that may lead to cell-cycle arrest and reduced cell proliferation.” This isn’t the first time terpenes have been looked at for the prevention or treatment of cancers.
Where Else is Limonene Found?
In addition to its potential health benefits, limonene is commonly used in citrus house cleaners as the main active ingredient. It’s considered safe enough for use in cosmetics and food, such as perfumes and lotions, or sodas and cookies. Some are even giving it a try as a natural insect repellent.
Limonene in Hemp-Derived CBD Products
Looking to find CBD products with limonene? Thankfully, most hemp-derived full spectrum products tend to be sativa-based, and contain some amounts of limonene. Lazarus Naturals, NuLeaf Naturals and CBDistillery are a few CBD brands whose third party lab reports show the presence of limonene in their full spectrum products.
If you’ve already got a favorite product, but want to give it a more uplifting boost, consider purchasing the pure terpenes yourself and adding them in. By adding in the terpenes individually, you get to design a truly custom product catered to your individual needs.