Definition - What does Limonene mean?
Limonene is a terpene. It is produced in the resin glands of cannabis and in the fruit rinds of citrus. The limonene terpene is what provides the telltale sweet lemon citrus like aroma that is frequently more pungent in certain strains of cannabis. The cannabis plant secretes the oil-like substance alongside its cannabinoids and other terpenes.
Along with its other terpenes, the limonene terpene is a protection mechanism of the cannabis plant. Its heavy aroma deters insects and herbivores from consuming the plant. It also works as an antifungal agent and possesses strong antibacterial properties.
Limonene is currently one of the primary ingredients in household citrus cleaners.
Hydrolife explains Limonene
The limonene found in the cannabis plant is believed to be medicinally beneficial. It has been shown to alleviate depression, relieve heartburn, reduce gastric reflux, combat cancer, toenail fungus, improve weight loss, and help the skin’s ability to absorb other terpenes produced by the plant.
Most cannabis plants only contain 1 to 2 per cent levels of limonene. However, some cannabis strains do exhibit higher levels of limonene than others. Generally, limonene tends to occur at the highest levels in sativa strains, but some indica strains also have increased amounts of limonene. It has been noted that strains with higher levels of limonene often produces the lethargic reaction that many people experience when using cannabis.