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Terpene Spotlight: Limonene

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From the immune system-supporting benefits of Vitamin C to the pleasant, uplifting aromas of fruits like oranges and lemons, citrus has a lot to offer human health. However, it’s not citrus itself that our terpene specialists are concerned about in today’s blog post - rather, we’re focusing on limonene, a terpene that acts as a major component in the oil of citrus fruit peels. Like other terpenes, limonene is commonly found in nature, and in this particular case, limonene is used for the fragrance of various citrus-smelling products. However, for medical marijuana patients and cannabis terpene users alike, limonene means so much more than a simple, pleasant aroma.

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With an established history in medicine, it only makes sense that limonene, one of our terpenes for sale here at True Blue, offers a number of therapeutic benefits for people of all types. In today’s terpene spotlight, True Blue Terpenes is going to take a closer look at this particular terpene, commonly found in a number of cannabis strains. Of course, while reading about the benefits of cannabis terpenoids is wonderful, you’ll also want to take advantage of our prices and selection by buying your own food-grade terpenes from us. If you’re in the market to buy terpenes, True Blue has the pure terpenes and natural flavors that you (and your taste buds!) are looking for. Browse our main collection today, or continue reading below to learn something new about limonene!

A Common But Important Terpene

Of all the terpenes found in nature (that’s quite a few terpenes, mind you), limonene is one of the most commonly used terpenes. Truly versatile, limonene appears as an ingredient in food, drugs, cosmetics and detergent, and also holds its value in the biotechnology industry. Very aromatic in nature, limonene is abundantly produced in the trichomes of many different (but not all) cannabis strains. Like cannabis itself and other terpenes, the medicinal properties of limonene are currently under research. If one thing is certain, however, it’s that smoking or vaporizing a cannabis strain with high levels of limonene offers nothing shy of a unique taste experience combined with a stimulating, energizing high.

Many Applications

Commonly regarded as a medical, recreational and all-around flavorful terpene, limonene naturally occurs in mint, juniper, rosemary, pine, and, of course, cannabis! We mentioned the biotechnology industry above, but limonene is also commonly used in the food, drug and cosmetic industries. Overall, limonene can act as an antidepressant, anxiolytic, immunostimulant, antibacterial agent, and even an anticancer agent. Of all cannabis strains containing high concentrations of limonene, Shining Silver Haze is highly praised, and other strains like Super Lemon Haze, Chernobyl and Tangie also contain a potent yet sweet citrus aroma from their limonene content.

Limonene In Nature

Though it’s taken human beings quite some time to understand the properties of terpenes, plants have been using them since the beginning of time (granted, terpenes are an inherent aspect of plants, and plants have been around a lot longer than people, so you could say that they have the upper-hand). Lemon, oranges and other citrus fruits contain large amounts of limonene in their zest. Limonene is also considered a volatile monoterpene, characterized by its rapid evaporation. The rapid evaporation of monoterpenes, especially limonene, means that this terpene quickly hits the sensory receptors of insects, parasites and curious animals alike - including us! As a natural defense for plants, these animals, insects and other organic life forms immediately perceive limonene citrusy odor as a toxin. So, while humans perceive this smell as pleasant, uplifting and harmless, it only makes sense that the smartest plants are packed with these lemony resins.

More About Limonene

While myrcene is arguably the most common terpene found in most cannabis strains, limonene follows closely behind. Now, even with a strong concentration of limonene, this doesn’t mean that a particular strain must smell like lemon. Depending on the specific chemical composition in question, one form of limonene may smell like tangerine, while another form may smell more like lemon, and another form may taste a little bitter, closer to that of grapefruit.

Studies on the entourage effect in cannabis, something we’ve covered in a previous blog post, have led to interesting findings. Without going into intense detail, the entourage effect refers to the synergy between various cannabinoids and terpenes found in the cannabis resin. No exception to other terpenes found in cannabis, limonene is understood to activities synergies with several cannabinoids and other terpenes. These cannabinoids include THC-A, CBD-A, CBC-A, CBC, and CBG (there are many, many cannabinoids out there!), and the terpenes that limonene interacts with include caryophyllene and linalool.

Studies Regarding Limonene

While we don’t have the luxury of going into extreme detail, limonene has shown great promise as a potential antidepressant, anxiolytic, immunostimulant, antibacterial and anticancer agent. A 2011 study conducted at the University of Arizona and published in the journal Oncology Reviews found that limonene contributes to modulate the body’s immune system, ultimately resulting in an anti-cancer effect. Two years later, the University of Arizona also discovered that limonene shows promise in preventing cancer cell proliferation and reducing tumor size. Of course, limonene and other terpenes require years of extensive scientific research before any definitive conclusions are reached, but research thus far does look promising.

Buy Limonene Terpenes For Sale At True Blue Terpenes

With many great strain profiles available from us, it’s hard to go wrong when it comes to buying terpenes. Consider our Super Lemon Haze terpenes for a limonene-packed experience! As always, feel free to browse our other natural flavors or contact True Blue Terpenes about our food-grade terpenes today!

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