Limonene has a history in medicine, so it should come as no surprise that the limonene found in cannabis offers therapeutic benefits as well. Some of these studied effects include:
- Aiding digestion
- Anti-bacterial properties
- Anti-depression - relieves symptoms of depression, elevates mood. A 2012 study examined limonene’s role as a corticotropin-releasing factor in the brains of rodents and found it to be notable and thus a significant way to treat depression.
- Anti-fungal agent - natural remedy for athlete’s foot or yeast outbreaks
- Anti-inflammatory - a 2010 study examined the anti-inflammatory effects of limonene and found it to be a potential treatment for asthma due to its ability to inhibit cytokines. There has been much study done on limonenes effectiveness in fighting cancer through stimulating apoptosis and other mechanisms. A 2012 study found limonene to have strong enough inhibition of inflammation to actually be chemopreventive, which means it prevents, rolls back, and protects against cancer. A 2013 study went so far as to recommend using limonene as a dietary supplement due to its powerful anti-inflammatory effects on the intestines.
- Anti-proliferative - inhibits cancer cell growth and as such has been identified to help fight the spread of various types of cancer including glioblastoma, prostate, pancreatic, breast and skin.In the case of glioblastoma, a 2010 study found that perillyl alcohol, a constituent of limonene, increased the survival rate of patients and had virtually no long-term side effects. Perillyl alcohol isn’t the only constituent of limonene to fight cancer; it’s been known for two decades that d-limonene exhibits “multiple antitumorigenic effects” After the 1994 study, numerous other studies followed including a Phase I/II clinical trial in 1998, which found d-limonene to be effective at combating advanced cancers and recommended further research. Since they first began being heavily researched in the mid 1990’s, both d-limonene and perillyl alcohol have seen numerous studies and clinical trials demonstrate their abilities to combat cancer time and again. They have been shown effective against numerous types of cancer including breast, prostate, skin, and pancreatic cancers.
- Anxiolytic - a study published in April 2012 edition of Brain Research found that limonene exhibited anxiolytic-like effects so potent and with so mild of side-effects that it was recommended as a 'new' treatment for anxiety.
- Immunostimulant - stimulates the immune system
- Improves absorption of other terpenes and chemicals by way of the skin, mucous membranes and digestive tract
- Prevents gastric distress, relieves heartburn and gastro-oesophageal reflux
- Promoting weight loss
- Stress relief
|The presence of limonene is in both name and aroma with Super Lemon Haze, a|
sativa strain known for its ability to lift the spirit alongside a sweet lemon flavour.
|The limonene in Durban Poison, a high-energy sativa, isn’t immediately apparent in its subtle|
sweet and earthy aroma, but you’ll feel its uplifting, stress-relieving effects nonetheless.
|Jack Herer is a fan favourite for a reason: not only does it typically boast high levels of limonene, Jack|
offers a palette of other terpenes like pinene and myrcene, which promote alertness and relaxation respectively.
|Limonene appears most often in sativa strains, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t indica strains with a high limonene|
potential. Berry White exemplifies this with a limonene content that can be felt in its happy, stress-less effects.
|You know how OG strains tend to have that lemony pine aroma? That’s limonene,|
and it can also be detected in SFV OG's blissful, stress-crushing sensations.