Talking Terpenes – What Is Limonene? 12/5/18
Mary Jane has tools to keep you merry through the new year, reach into her terpene toolkit for Limonene!
What is Limonene? Limonene is a sour terpene that gives off a citrusy aroma. It is known to lift your spirits and lower anxiety… just what you need for the holidays!
With pumpkin spiced lattes adorning the walls of our favorite cafes, it’s no question that the holiday season is upon us. This magical time of year is filled with all kinds of alluring aromas, from simmering mulled wine to fresh cut pine. Those familiar smells filling our homes are the work of terpenes.
Although spirits may be high this season, with all the holiday work parties and family functions on the horizon, these coming weeks can often be stressful for many people. Choosing cannabis with the appropriate aromas can help ease the added strain of holiday stress.
If you’re feeling stressed, look for Limonene!
If you read my last article, What Are Terpenes, then you know you can find terpenes in a plethora of products outside of the cannabis space, from aromatherapy oils to cosmetics. Limonene is a terpene which has a long history of being used as medicine so it is no surprise many studies have been performed on the safety and therapeutic effects of this terpene within the human body, outside of the cannabis space. One small study of twelve patients who had been hospitalized for depression found that inhaling Limonene vapor reduced stress hormone levels, improved immune system performance, and reduced the need for pharmaceuticals in nine of the twelve patients. Limonene vapor appears to elevate serotonin and dopamine levels in parts of the brain connected to OCD, anxiety, and depression.
If you’re looking for a flower strain to help bring down your stress level check out Charlie Girl from Alpenglow Farm. Many find this indica dominant strain to be relaxing, soothing, and calming to the mind.
Try Limonene As An After-Dinner Digestif!
Holiday feast giving you grief? The benefits of Limonene do not stop with your mental well-being, it has also been shown to improve the absorption of other terpenes and chemicals by way of skin, mucous membranes, and digestive tract. Limonene has shown great promise as a natural remedy for heartburn and gastric reflux, therefore, it might be good to have a cannabis product high in Limonene on hand as an after-dinner digestif.
Chemistry’s Death by Lemons vaporizer cartridge is a great option if you’re looking for a formula high in Limonene that has an energetic zest, and will uplift your spirits. Pucker up!
Limonene is believed to enhance the anti-inflammatory benefits of cannabis.
Are you looking for relief from inflammation? Is arthritis taking away fom your soiree? Consider taking terpenes into account. Limonene is believed to enhance the anti-inflammatory benefits of cannabinoids like CBD and THC, thus creating the “Entourage Effect”. Many people with arthritis and other inflammatory diseases have found great benefits from using cannabis products high in Limonene.
You may be wondering… Where do I find Limonene?
Finding this beneficial terpene will not be tough to find because it is the second most common terpene produced by cannabis. At any given time the Solful flower wall features Limonene dominant terpene profiles.
Cannabis high in Limonene can often be spotted by the name alone. Look for strains that have a prefix of “lemon” or “sour” such as Lemon Diesel and Sour Diesel, or sound generally citrusy like Mimosa. Mimosa by Humboldt Flower Power Farm has a terpene profile high in Limonene and many say it’s uplifting effects are both invigorating and thought provoking.
A superior and more accurate method would be to take a close look at the terpene profile listed on the flower cards at Solful. These laboratory profiles show the top four prevalent terpenes found in that particular flower. But don’t forget, it is important to analyze the entire profile to fully gauge what effects will come from that particular product.
What if I prefer not to smoke or vaporize cannabis?
Shopping for specific terpenes is not just for people who enjoy inhaling their cannabis. Although it may be easier to shop for specific terpenes when looking for flower or concentrates, specific terpenes are available in other delivery methods as well.
Humboldt Apothecary’s Uplift CBD Tincture which features a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC is high in Limonene. The herbalists at Humboldt Apothecary blend cannabinoids with the essential oils of lemon, rosemary, and peppermint. These ingredients together assist with optimizing nervous system health, promoting focus, and mood enhancement.
Shake up a Limonene filled CBD “mocktail” at this year’s holiday soiree!
While Humboldt Apothecary’s Uplift CBD Tincture can be administered sublingually, it might be a bit more fun to shake things up and serve a CBD mocktail at your holiday party.
Check out this fun Limonene filled mocktail recipe, the Rosemary Citrus Spritzer… or as the team at Solful likes to call it, The Rosemary Jane!
Cheers to a stress-free limonene filled holiday season.
About The Author: Travis Shrum
Travis became fascinated with cannabis after experiencing firsthand how it increased his happiness and improved his health. An Oregon native, Travis was so interested in the benefits of cannabis that he moved to California to attend Oaksterdam University. While at Oaksterdam, Travis engulfed himself in cannabis studies, particularly those that focused on the science behind the plant.
Travis is now able to share what he learned at Oaksterdam every day through his work with Solful. As a Health + Happiness Consultant Travis works closely with guests to educate them on this dynamic plant. He’s excited to be a thought leader in this emerging industry and sincerely enjoys sharing his knowledge.
Plus, he loves smoking really good pot.