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Limonene Terpene: What is Limonene?

Grapefruit, orange, and lime slices

Limonene is another powerful terpene found in cannabis and other plants. We’ve put together this guide to help you learn more about limonene, including:

  • What is Limonene?
  • What are the Effects of Limonene Terpene?
  • What is Limonene Good For?
  • What Does Limonene Smell and Taste Like?
  • Where Can You Find Limonene Terpenes?
  • What Strains are Heavy in Limonene?

What is Limonene

Limonene is a terpene, with its most common form called D-limonene. And it’s one of the most abundant terpenes in nature. If you’ve smelled citrus rind, there’s a good chance you know exactly what limonene is. Some marijuana strains contain limonene, too, which can give the strains a sweet, citrusy scent.

Looking for another citrus-y terpene? Try Valencene!

What Are the Effects of Limonene Terpene?

Aside from smelling good, you might wonder if limonene has any other effects. There have been animal studies that have shown limonene can reduce skin and breast tumors in mice, though more research must be done to determine the validity of these small studies.

It’s important to note that while limonene can be ingested, the World Health Organization has stated that it can irritate the skin and eyes. It can also cause contact allergies when in certain types of products, so be careful when it comes to topicals. However, when it comes to marijuana strains, it’s unlikely that the levels of limonene pose any risk.

What is Limonene Good For

While research continues around limonene, it’s currently being used for its potent aroma. In fact, limonene is used in a wide variety of household cleaning products and certain types of polishes, paints, and varnishes. It’s also a botanical insecticide, an eco-friendly ingredient in insect repellents.

What Does Limonene Smell and Taste Like?

Knowing what limonene smells and tastes like depends on the plant or fruit the limonene is in. In general, it has a sweet, citrus-like scent to it. But combined with other terpenes, it can smell or taste earthy, skunky, tangy, or bitter.

Where Can You Find Limonene Terpenes?

Limonene terpenes can be found in a variety of places but especially citrus fruits—specifically the peel—including grapefruit, lemons, and oranges. The terpene is extracted from these fruits and other plants and then used in everything from cleaning supplies to perfume, chewing gum and more. There’s a good chance you have limonene in your house right now and might not even realize it.

Of course, limonene is also found in certain marijuana strains and helps contribute to the entourage effect.

Want to find a limonene-rich strain near you? Check out our product menus in your state.

What Strains Are Heavy in Limonene?

Limonene is an important part of cannabis’s flavor and aroma profile, and of course, key in experiencing the different effects of a strain. If you’re curious about limonene strains, check these out:

  • Strawberry Banana or Strawnana: Combine Banana Kush and “Strawberry” Bubble Gum and you get this strawberry flavored and scented hybrid rich with limonene.
  • Hindu Kush or Hindi Kush: This pure indica strain was developed in the harsh climate of the mountains between Pakistan and Afghanistan and is coated in protective trichomes.
  • Lemon OG: A cross between Lemon Skunk and OG #18 created this lemon-and-skunk hybrid known to be more psychoactive than some other kush strains.
  • Jack Herer aka JG, The Jack or Platinum Jack: Jack Herer is a popular sativa strain created in the 1990s in the Netherlands. It won several awards for both quality and potency.
  • Jack the Ripper or JTR: If you love lemon, you’ll love JTR, a sativa with triangle shaped buds full of resin. Jack the Ripper is known for its citrusy aroma.
  • OG Kush or Premium OG Kush: This hybrid boasts an unusual terpene profile that creates a one-of-a-kind skunk-meets-fuel-meets-spice aroma.
  • Lemon Diesel: Born of two hybrid strains, Lemon Diesel is both sweet and earthy, with a psychoactive effect that starts slow and builds over time.
  • Super Lemon Haze or SLH: This sativa-dominant hybrid has won the Cannabis Cup twice. It is loaded in kief and has a sweet, lemon-zesty scent to it with a tart flavor.
  • Blueberry Kush or Blueberry OG Kush: Combine Blueberry and OG Kush and you get this indica strain that tastes and smells just like its name implies.
  • Sticky Lemons: With sticky buds and a lemon scent and flavor, it’s no wonder how this hybrid strain got its name.
  • Girl Scout Cookies or GSC: Girl Scout Cookies is a unique strain because it contains a multitude of different types of terpenes, including limonene. Because of its robust THC profile, it’s important to consume this strain more slowly.
  • Wedding Cake or Triangle Mints #23: This indica-hybrid offers a tangy and sweet flavor with a hint of spicy pepper too. Like GSC, because of the high THC content, enjoy this one in moderation.
  • Black Cherry Soda: With a sweet, fizzy taste and dark purple color, this hybrid strain is both a favorite of cannabis consumers for its effects and its taste and appearance.
  • Quantum Kush: This limonene-rich sativa strain offers a sweet and earthy flavor and a heavy THC content, so be sure to start slow.

If you’re interested in learning more about limonene terpene or trying one of these (or other) strains, visit one of our licensed Verilife dispensary locations. Our cannabis experts are there to help.

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