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limonene marijuana seeds

While we wait for further research on the medical applications of limonene, we can taste and enjoy the effects of Lemon Shining Silver Haze and many other citric varieties. Any cannabis strain containing “lemon” or other sour fruits in its name is likely to contain large amounts of limonene, assuming its breeders were sober enough when they named their new strain! Yet also some other “non-lemon” strains are packed with this particular terpene. OG Kush and Sour Diesel are just two examples.

Anti-Inflamatory
Analgesic
Protects Cells Lining The Digestive Tract Also found in black pepper

Limonene is one of the most commonly used terpenes. It appears as an ingredient in food, drugs, cosmetics and detergents, and it also finds applications in the biotechnology industry. This very aromatic terpene is abundantly produced in the trichomes of many cannabis strains, together with cannabinoids. Just like other terpenes, limonene has its own interaction modes within the body. This herbal compound’s medicinal properties are currently under research, while smoking or vaporizing a cannabis strain with high levels of limonene offers a unique taste experience and an energizing high.

Limonene

Contributes To Sedative Effect Of Strong Indicas
Sleep Aid
Muscle Relaxant Also found in hops

This substance has very low toxicity, and humans rarely encounter adverse effects from it. However, just like many terpenes and solvents, limonene may exert an irritating action on the skin and the respiratory system, which symptoms are watery eyes, vasodilation and consequent effects on the nose, eyes, bronchial tubes, and lungs. Nevertheless, limonene can be used to treat bronchitis, and many people believe that this terpene can add a nice subtle flavour and freshness to smoke and vapour, as well as a more accentuated therapeutic effect.

Anti-Inflamatory
Analgesic
Protects Cells Lining The Digestive Tract Also found in black pepper

Anesthetic
Anti-Convulsant
Analgesic
Anti-Anxiety Also found in lavander

Cannabis has one of the most complex terpene profiles in the plant kingdom, which contributes to the plant’s effectiveness as a therapeutic tool. The benefits terpenes bring to health have been widely studied and demonstrated, with limonene having shown potential as an:

Limonene has an extremely high safety profile and has proved non-toxic to humans. Research from the UK suggests however that it could lead to allergic reactions.

The effect of limonene on cannabis

While most people know cannabinoids, THC in particular, are what give cannabis its effect and terpenes what creates its aroma, fewer are aware that the latter may also modify the effect. In isolation, limonene is invigorating, mood-lifting and stress reducing. This is why limonene-rich strains, whose effect can be defined as sativa, are often recommended for people with depression. But since cannabinoids and other terpenes are also an important part of the equation, not all limonene-rich strains produce a sativa effect. Such is the case of some Kush genetics, which exhibit high levels of limonene but also myrcene, resulting in a less euphoric effect. Also, caution needs to be exercised when recommending cannabis as a treatment option for depression, since the plant contains many other elements that could prove counterproductive in addressing the disease. Accordingly, it is important to consider aspects like the dose – quantity and frequency – before starting a treatment with cannabis.

Second only to myrcene, limonene is the most abundant terpene in cannabis, and while there is a tendency to assume that the strains that smell like lemon are the richest in limonene, this isn’t always the case. In fact, the only way to really tell if a given strain is limonene-packed is a lab test. This is why all Dinafem strain are subjected to analysis before they are marketed.

Here are two great Dinagirls for those of you looking for limonene-rich strains: