What Is Limonene and Its Benefits?

Thursday, Aug 23, 2018

One of the amazing properties of cannabis is the variety of aromas and flavors that the plant expresses. Scents as varied as pine, cloves, citrus, black pepper, and even urine can waft from a freshly harvested cannabis flower. And with skilled extraction, these tastes and odors can be made even more pronounced and palatable in a dab. But what causes this great variation in aroma and flavor? The answer is terpenes.

What Are Terpenes?

As discussed in a previous High Times guide, terpenes are organic hydrocarbons produced by many plants and some insects. Terpenes are responsible for the characteristic scents of some plants including citrus, pine, cloves, mint, and others. They are the main constituent of essential oils, and give different strains of cannabis their unique aroma and flavor profiles.

Many terpenes can have a medicinal or even psychoactive effect. The use of terpenes in health and wellness applications is well-known in the practice of aromatherapy. And evidence suggests that terpenes and cannabinoids such as THC and CBD work together and amplify each other’s medicinal and psychoactive properties in a phenomenon known as the entourage effect.