Yo, what’s up guys? My name is Dan and today we’re gonna talk about limonene. You might be wondering what the hell that is, but let me tell you, it’s one of the dopest terpenes out there. You can find it in a bunch of different plants like mint, juniper, rosemary, pine, and oh yeah, cannabis too. Limonene is used in food, drugs, cosmetics, and biotechnology. This terpene is straight up lit – it’s an antidepressant, anxiolytic, immunostimulant, antibacterial, and anticancer agent. Shining Silver Haze is one of the most fire strains out there that’s high in limonene.
So anyways, let’s talk about what terpenes are. Basically, they’re the chemicals that make plants smell awesome. They contribute to the flavors of fruits and veggies and are used in a bunch of different products like herbal medicine and cosmetics. Wine and beer even have terpenes in them! But when it comes to cannabis, terpenes are super important because they work with all the other compounds in weed (like cannabinoids) to create what’s called the “entourage effect”. This makes the high more unique and potent. Limonene is one of the most abundant terpenes in cannabis strains – after myrcene – but not all varieties will smell like lemon.
Limonene smells like tangerine or grapefruit depending on its chemical form. This terpene interacts positively with a bunch of other cannabinoids (like THC and CBD) and other terpenes, which makes it even more dope. It’s also highly permeable so it helps the body absorb other substances more easily. But be careful – like a lot of things, limonene can be irritating on the skin and respiratory system. However, it can also help treat bronchitis and add a nice fresh flavor to your smoke or vape.
Now, let’s talk about the science behind limonene. Researchers have been studying its potential as an antidepressant, anxiolytic, immunostimulant, antibacterial, and anticancer agent. It’s even used in diets aimed at weight reduction and as an antiseptic and insect repellent. Studies have shown that limonene can increase attention, mental focus, well-being, and even libido. A 2011 study at the University of Arizona found that limonene has an anti-cancer effect by modulating the body’s immune system. Another study in 2013 found that it was effective in preventing cancer cell proliferation and reducing tumor size in women diagnosed with breast cancer. Limonene is also great for healing damaged skin and regenerating cellular tissues.
So now that we know all about limonene, let’s talk about some strains that are high in this dope terpene. Super Lemon Haze is a hybrid of Lemon Skunk and Amnesia Haze – two strains that feature unique lemon flavors. This strain is super popular for its uplifting effects and fragrance. The mind high is euphoric, with increased energy levels, creativity, and motivation. Limonene is probably responsible for these effects – but be warned, this strain is not for bedtime use!
Other strains high in limonene include OG Kush and Sour Diesel. So if you’re tryna get lit off some fire weed with a dope flavor, look for strains with “lemon” or other sour fruits in their name.