Let’s Talk Terpenes: What Is Limonene?

Bowl of citrus fruits containing the terpene limonene and cannabis plat

If you are smelling lemon, orange, or grapefruit aromas in your cannabis, then you might have a strain that is high in the terpene limonene.


Limonene is a pungent, aromatic terpene that appears in many of your favorite citrus fruits. It is found in lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges, and yes – even cannabis. This terpene is used in many of your everyday items including cleaning products and candles. Due to limonene’s uplifting properties, it can provide great results when fighting depression and anxiety. Studies on the entourage effect in cannabis have found that limonene activates synergies with several other cannabinoids and terpenes. When these terpenes work together, their effects become multiplied. Have you ever seen a depressed person drink lemonade? Me neither.

Limonene taste and smell

As you can guess from its name, limonene packs a citrus-like aroma into the flower. It’s has a distinctly noticeable flavor and aroma. Upon opening up a jar of limonene dominant cannabis, the first thing you’ll notice is a strong scent that smells a bit like a batch of oranges.

Limonene is the reason why lemons smell like lemon and oranges smell like, well, oranges. Rosemary, juniper, cardamom and peppermint also contain limonene. These plants have different scents because they have slightly different chemical forms.

Terpene benefits limonene

High limonene cannabis strains:

Some strains contain more limonene than others; depending on a strains genetics, time or harvest, and other variables. The only tried and true way to know if a strain is high in this terpene is through lab-tested data. Some of the most popular strains that contain limonene are:

  • Skittles
  • Mega Glue
  • Super Lemon Haze
  • Yoda OG
  • Tahoe Og
  • Lemon Skunk

Limonene’s medicinal benefits

Limonene has a number of benefits including increasing metabolism, aiding in digestion, and easing gastric distress. Studies have shown that this terpene can be an anti-fungal agent. This makes it a natural remedy for athlete’s foot or outbreaks of yeast. Limonene is one of the most studied and understood terpenes because of how common it is. As new information and research surfaces, the list of health benefits for this terpene is sure to get longer. Be sure to come back to The Happy Campers for all of your latest cannabis news and findings.

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