Meet Limonene & Terpinolene
Inside every cannabis plant is a series of natural oils known as terpenes. These amazing substances not only give each unique strain its identifiable fragrance, but science is discovering that terpenes can have a range of health benefits for cannabis users as well.
This week, we’re focusing on two common terpenes that are beloved by cannabis customers— even if they don’t exactly know them by name. Today’s post is all about limonene and terpinolene, two of the most common terpenes found in cannabis.
Effects of Limonene
Created in the resin glands of cannabis plants, limonene has a fruity, citrusy, and refreshing fragrance. You can also find limonene in lemon rinds and orange rinds.
If a strain has a lemony or citrusy scent, chances are it features limonene as the dominant terpene. Interestingly enough, limonene interacts with other terpenes and cannabinoids in what’s known as the ‘entourage effect.’ This is the name for the way that the properties of terpenes and cannabinoids change when they interact with each other.
Generally, these are some of the benefits of limonene that science is beginning to uncover:
- Boosted mood and increased positive feelings
- Anxiety and stress relief
- Antifungal and antibacterial effects
- Improved absorption of other terpenes when consumed together
Effects of Terpinolene
Terpinolene doesn’t often appear in cannabis plants in large amounts. It prefers to stick to the background, combining with more dominant terpenes to add its own subtle flavor. Terpinolene can actually have a range of fragrances based on the other terpenes it interacts with, which means it can be floral, piney, citrusy, or any combination of them all. Terpinolene excels at drawing out the aromas of other terpenes.
Here are some of the other potential benefits of cannabis strains that feature terpinolene:
- Helps to shape the aroma and taste of cannabis
- Antibacterial and antifungal effects, making it a common additive in natural cleaning products
- Potential to risk of heart disease
- Potential to slow growth of cancer cells
Products with Limonene & Terpinolene
Want to experience Limonene & Terpinolene for yourself?
Here are some of our favorites currently available at the Farmacy.
Thanks for learning along with us!
Be sure to check in next week, when we discuss two more awesome terpenes— Pinene and Caryophyllene