What is Limonene And What Are Its Potential Benefits?
Limonene is one of the most abundant terpenes found in both cannabis and hemp plants.
As mentioned in one of our earlier blogs,
“As well as offering therapeutic properties themselves, terpenes work very well when combined with cannabinoids. This occurrence has been labelled the ‘Entourage Effect’ throughout the scientific community.
In layman’s terms, terpenes speed up the time it takes for cannabinoids to enter our bloodstream. Limonene, as an example, can boost our immune systems and deliver powerful antioxidants directly into our bodies.
Another excellent example of the ‘entourage effect’ at work is the way it affects CBD, (with the help of terpenes), lessening the long-term memory loss associated with THC, and helping to diminish the psycho-activity of THC overall.
Having prior knowledge of terpenes is useful for patients that want to get the most out of their medical marijuana prescriptions. As research progresses in this field, new benefits that terpenes provide are sure to surface.”
Everything you Need to Know About Limonene
One of the distinctive properties of cannabis is the range of flavours and aromas expressed by the plant. The scents from various strains can be as varied as cloves, pine, black pepper, citrus, and even a faint smell of urine can be dispelled from cannabis that is freshly harvested.
A professional and experienced extraction can make these odours and tastes even more palatable and pronounced. However, terpenes are primarily responsible for the fantastic variation in flavour and aroma abundant in different cannabis strains.
What Exactly are Terpenes?
Terpenes are natural hydrocarbons that are produced by a multitude of plants and some insects. Terpenes create the characteristic scents of individual plants, including mint, pine, citrus, cloves, and many others.
They are an integral factor used to give essential oils their unique aromas and are also popular in the production of some popular perfumes and aftershaves. Ultimately, they provide different strains of cannabis with exceptional flavour and aroma profiles.
Terpenes and Medicinal Properties
Many terpenes provide a psychoactive or medicinal effect. In fact, the use of terpenes in popular health and wellbeing applications is well-known, particularly in the practice of aromatherapy.
Studies suggest that terpenes work in synergy with cannabinoids such as CBD and THC to amplify one another’s healing properties. As mentioned earlier, this phenomenon is known as the ‘entourage effect’.
What Exactly Is Limonene?
Limonene is a colourless liquid terpene commonly found in oils present in the rinds lemons, limes, oranges, and other citrus fruits.
Due to its potency, limonene is widely used commercially to flavour medicines and foods. Limonene can also be used as a potent natural solvent for household and industrial cleaning products.
Research has revealed that limonene has powerful antioxidant properties. Meaning that the use of products rich in limonene could reduce the occurrence of some diseases while boosting the immune system and helping to lower stress levels, depression, and anxiety.
Limonene may also be useful in reducing pain and providing heartburn relief. Some users swear by its ability to repair the skin and heal wounds. It could also help to reduce obesity and inflammation in the gut. This miraculous terpene also has antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Where can I Find Limonene Aside from Cannabis
Other than smoking, vaping, or otherwise ingesting strains of cannabis high in limonene, there are a variety of ways of absorbing the terpene into one’s system.
Natural sources include the citrus fruit zest, rosemary, peppermint, cardamom, and juniper. Limonene benefits can also found in citrus juices made with whole fruit and containing pulp, which can hold around 500 milligrams of the terpene per serving.
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