Limonene is the second most abundant naturally occurring terpene in cannabis. As the name suggests, this terpene has a rich citrus and lemon smell, but may also smell like juniper, pine, and rosemary. It is no surprise that it is also found in many citrus fruits, like lemons, limes, and oranges. It is commonly used in cosmetics and cleaning products, for both its scent and antibacterial properties. Limonene will often be found in high quantities in strains named “lemon” or “sour” and has a pungent and distinctive aroma. Therapeutically, limonene has been found to increase serotonin levels in the brain, making this terpene a possible antidepressant, mood-booster, and stress-crusher. Strains will high concentrations of limonene could be particularly beneficial to patients suffering from depression or PTSD. Additionally, limonene has antifungal and antibacterial properties, meaning it is a powerful healer. Limonene has also been studied for its tumor-reducing properties.
Limonene has anti-anxiety properties and can reduce THC-associated paranoia. To enhance this effect, try drinking water with lemon while consuming cannabis!