What is Limonene?

Limonene is one of the most common monoterpenes found in nature, especially in Cannabis sativa and citrus plants such as lemons, limes, and oranges, but also in peppermint, juniper, rosemary. It has an energizing strong, sweet, citrusy aroma

Limonene is a terpene, with its most common form called D-limonene. And it’s one of the most abundant terpenes in nature. If you’ve smelled citrus rind, there’s a good chance you know exactly what limonene is. Some marijuana strains contain limonene, too, which can give the strains a sweet, citrusy scent.

What Are the Effects of Limonene Terpene?

Aside from smelling good, you might wonder if limonene has any other effects. There have been animal studies that have shown limonene can reduce skin and breast tumours in mice.

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It’s important to note that while limonene can be ingested, the World Health Organisation has stated that it can irritate the skin and eyes. It can also cause contact allergies when in certain types of products, so be careful when it comes to topicals. 

However, when it comes to marijuana strains, it’s unlikely that the levels of limonene pose any risk.
Of course, limonene is also found in certain marijuana strains and helps contribute to the entourage effect


Reducing risk factors 
Limonene may lower your risk of heart disease by reducing certain risk factors, such as elevated cholesterol, blood sugar, and triglyceride levels.

Mood elevation 

Limonene can also quell stress and help fight depression and anxiety. In addition to its positive mental health perks, limonene has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and even anti-cancer properties

Antifungal properties

Improves absorption of other terpenes

Limonene may protect against stomach ulcers

Stress relief

Studies suggest that limonene could be used in aromatherapy as an anti-stress and anti-anxiety agent

Antibacterial properties 
Limonene has effective anti-inflammatory activity in both preventing and controlling respiratory system injuries.

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