At Meraki Tips, we’re all about the terpenes and celebrating this incredible aspect of cannabis science that more and more consumers are getting into.
In cannabis, terpenes, such as limonene are the essential oils produced in the resin glands of the buds alongside cannabinoids such as THC and CBD. They’re largely responsible for the smell and flavor of the different strains of cannabis.
Terpenes can also affect a strain’s effect on its consumer when combined with other terpenes or cannabinoids because of what’s known as the “Entourage Effect”. The Entourage Effect is all about cannabinoids and terpenes working together in harmony to produce therapeutic effects more significantly than if introduced to the body alone.
Just like the citrusy sound that gives this terpene its name, limonene is responsible for giving citrus-strong strains their citrusy flavor and smell.
If a strain name includes the name of a citrus fruit, it is usually a good indicator that that strain contains a high concentration of limonene.
Limonene is one of the most celebrated terpenes, not only in cannabis, but in common household items and foods as well. Whenever you smell that “lemony fresh” scent of common cleaning products, that’s limonene! When you squeeze a lemon or smell its rind, that’s limonene! Limonene can also be found in other fruit rinds, rosemary, juniper, peppermint, and grapefruit.
Limonene has been celebrated within the medical cannabis communities because it helps improve the absorption rate of other terpenes and chemicals through mucous membranes, skin, and the digestive system. Limonene also has antifungal and antibacterial properties which also promote healing and overall wellbeing.
When consumed, limonene is known for relieving stress and elevating the mood, moving the consumer in a happier, more relaxed state. Because of this, limonene is being looked at as a potential way to manage anxiety and depression.
Emerging studies are showing that limonene may even help relieve the symptoms of gastric reflux and heartburn. Limonene has an acid neutralizing effect and also has the ability to dissolve bile in the gallbladder at its source rather than it moving up into the digestion tract at the wrong time, which is one of the causes of acid reflux issues.
Recent studies are looking into limonene for its potential to reduce cancer cell growth, while also improving airflow into the lungs.
The discoveries of limonene are just being realized, and the advancement of cannabinoid science will ensure that the cannabis, holistic, and medicine communities get the most out of this powerful terpene.
Limonene is more likely to appear in sativa or sativa-dominant hybrid strains. According to Leaflysome strains historically rich in limonene terpenes include:
While you may have hints of what strains contain limonene, the best way to understand terpene content is by reading the testing information on the strain you’re interested in. Most dispensaries will have their testing information available, which allow you to understand both the cannabinoid content as well as the terpene profiles. Terpene profiles are usually represented as a percentage on testing information.
Meraki Tips take the benefits of terpenes and infuses it into the cannabis experience via our terpene-enhanced crutches, allowing the consumer to maximize the benefits of their chosen cannabis strain. Whether you choose the Sayonara Tip to boost the relaxing properties of your herb, or the Peaceful Tip designed to curb any unwanted anxieties, the magic of terpenes in our tips will help round out your cannabis experience.