Understanding Terpenes: What Is Limonene?

Share327TweetReddit327 SharesLimonene is a type of terpene, which is an organic compound produced by plants. As cannabis lovers know, many of the health benefits and effects derived from weed come from terpenes. There are at least 100 terpenes in the cannabis plant, each one changes the effect of the strain. This article will focus on one of the most common terpenes, Limonene. Limonene isn’t limited to just marijuana. Cloves, lemons, and oregano for example, also contain limonene. It also has many other uses such as cosmetics, perfumes, medicines, and cleaning products and can even act as a solvent to help remove oil and add aroma: it provides a turpentine-like effect. Let’s take a look at some of the research that has been done on the effects, uses and benefits of this notorious terpene. IStock / Svehlik Limonene in Plants Limonene is a naturally occurring monoterpene that plants possess for a reason – it is used to ward off predators and dissuade insects from invading. It’s found in the rinds of citrus fruits (namely lemons and oranges), rosemary, peppermint, juniper, and in pine needles. Limonene also gives plants their unique fragrance and flavor, which is why some cannabis strains that are high in limonene are … Continue reading Understanding Terpenes: What Is Limonene?