Effects: Mood elevation and euphoria are typical effects from limonene which can aid with anxiety and depression. Limonene can also provide stress relief and often will yield a more energetic experience. Digestive issues may be improved through limonene’s potent antibacterial and antifungal effects.
Anti-Anxiety/Antidepressant: Studies have found that both orally consumed limonene and inhaled limonene vapor reduces anxiety in lab mice. Similarly, limonene also reduced obsessive compulsive disorder-like behavior (OCD). Limonene increases serotonin levels in the prefrontal cortex region of the brain and increases dopamine levels in the hippocampus.
Anti-Inflammatory: Two important benefits that limonene can offer are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These alone make it a great addition to a daily supplement routine. It can help reduce pain, fight infection, and recover faster after a tough workout or injury. It shouldn’t be your only source of antioxidants, but rather an addition to an existing health routine.
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. It assists in the body’s natural peristalsis (the waves in your stomach and intestines that push contents downward, rather than upward) to reduce GERD. And it increases gastric mucus production to promote gut healing.
Cannabis Cultivars: Cultivars known for their content of Limonene include Mendocino Purps, The White, and Super Lemon Haze.