Limonene is a well known mood booster. It produces energizing, euphoric effects, making it useful for providing mental clarity, managing anxiety, and easing depression. Limonene can also help with digestive issues through its potent antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Think of terpenes as even purer forms of essential oils. They are the chemical compounds that are responsible for a plant’s aroma, flavor, and physiological effects. Terpenes are present in cannabis, as well as many other plants, herbs, and fruits.
Limonene Qualities & Benefits
Aroma & Taste: Limonene is a citrus terpene with a fresh, sweet aroma and lemon peel fragrance. Limonene is commonly found in citrus fruits like grapefruit, lime, lemon, and orange, as well as cannabis.
Anti-anxiety/Anti-depressant: Studies show that both ingested limonene and inhaled limonene vapor reduces anxiety. Similarly, limonene has also been found to reduce obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) behaviors, increase serotonin levels in the prefrontal cortex, and increase dopamine levels in the hippocampus.
Anti-inflammatory: Limonene possesses anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which make it a great addition to your current health routine. It’s also been shown to reduce pain, fight infection, and promote quick recovery after a workout or injury.
Digestive Aid: Excessive stomach acid is the major cause of heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). When the valve between the stomach and esophagus does not close, stomach acid seeps back into the esophagus. Limonene coats the esophagus and may help neutralize stomach acid. Additionally, it supports your body’s natural peristalsis (the waves in your digestive tract that push content down, rather than up) to reduce GERD.
Cannabis Cultivars: Cultivars known for their limonene profiles include Mendocino Purps, The White, and Super Lemon Haze.
How to use our Terpenes:
Terpenes can be enjoyed aromatically, topically, or ingested in foods and drinks. Many people love adding them to diffusers, serums, lotions, even cocktails.
Terpenes are not psychoactive and do not contain cannabinoids, but they are still very powerful. They should always be diluted and are not intended to be used at full potency. Similar to essential oils, terpenes do not mix with water, but they can be diluted with carrier oils and alcohol.
How to dilute our Terpenes:
As a general rule of thumb, we recommend using no more than a 1% concentration by volume. This equates to about 1-2 drops per 8 oz.
- Carrier Oils: Add 1-2 drops per 8 oz. of volume and mix well. For topical or aromatic use, further additions should be added and tested in 1-2 drop increments. We recommend using MCTs, virgin coconut oil, hemp oil, extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil.
- Alcohol/Spirits: Add 1 drop per glass. Add to glass and swirl, or use as a bitters.
- Wine/Beer/Cider: Add 1 drop per glass. Add to glass and swirl.
- Soda Water: Add 1 drop per glass. Though terpenes do not mix with water, we’ve found that carbonation enhances the aroma and taste of the terpene.
To obtain more consistent results, measure precisely with instruments like pipettes, graduated cylinders, and burets.