Limonene is classified as a cyclic monoterpene (containing 10 carbon atoms derived from two isoprene units) and is the primary element of essential oils contained in citrus fruit peels. Monoterpenes remain popular due to their proven effectiveness against both early- and advanced-stage cancer. 

However, limonene offers multiple benefits to the human system beyond the treatment of major and life-threatening illnesses.

Other monoterpenes you will find among our various strains, and which are examined in greater detail under their own Terpene Talk pages, are the following:

Where You Can Find Limonene

You can find limonene in a variety of herbal plants and fruits, including:

  • Anise
  • Cannabis
  • Chamomile
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Hemp
  • Hops
  • Red Pepper
  • Rosemary
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Turmeric
  • Valerian

What Limonene Smells and Tastes Like

The predominant fragrance found in limonene is its strong orange aroma, but different chemical forms will produce various fragrances, of which the most common are:

Beneficial Properties Found in Limonene

Over time, more studies will certainly reveal additional wellness benefits associated with limonene; as with most terpenes, initial research shows great promise and, combined with anecdotal claims, indicates that limonene may aid in the following conditions and situations:

  • Anti-Inflammatory – those experiencing swelling or inflammation, either from an injury or as a reaction, may find limonene relieves the discomfort and reduces swelling
  • Antioxidant – by battling free radicals, antioxidants are true heroes of our immune and wellness system, with limonene a known carrier of such properties
  • Energizing – sometimes during a busy or hectic day, a refreshing burst of energy is all that’s needed to get back on track, something limonene can deliver
  • Mood Elevation – both anxiety and depression can be lifted or eased with limonene, making it a natural antidepressant

Keep in mind that limonene is just one of a variety of terpenes that appear in various Fern Valley Farms strains, so in all likelihood, you will also enjoy other beneficial effects from other terpenes included in any given strain. 

Fern Valley Farms Flower Strains with Limonene

If you want to cash in on some of the benefits of limonene, then check out which of our flower strains include it (and in what quantity) in their terpene profile. For quicker access, use this handy-dandy reference chart which lists those strains in order of the limonene mg per gram:

Want to learn about more terpenes? Visit our main Terpene Talk page, where you will find a list of individual Terpene Talks at the bottom of the page.