A lot of attention is rightfully paid to the amounts and types of cannabinoids contained in hemp flower cultivars. But there is an equally important compound that also resides in our hemp flower cultivars. We are talking about terpenes, those amazing compounds that influence moods and can even trigger noticeable physical effects when consumed. In this issue of our Terpene Talks, Limonene takes the spotlight.
Terpenes are just as crucial to overall effects as the cannabinoids found in hemp plants. This is the reason why our independent lab reports show the presence and quantities of the terpenes found in our hemp flower cultivars. This information, in combination with the cannabinoid potencies our lab reports disclose, helps us (and you!) to better identify the potential benefits to be realized when consuming different hemp flower cultivars.
Want to learn more about the intricacies of terpenes? Read our blog post “What are Terpenes?“
Terpene Talks: Limonene Overview
Limonene is classified as a cyclic monoterpene (containing 10 carbon atoms derived from two isoprene units). Monoterpenes have simpler structures than their counterpart, sesquiterpenes.
Generally, monoterpenes display brighter colors while releasing gentler fragrances. Monoterpenes also have a lower boiling point and are more soluble and volatile than sesquiterpenes.
In comparison to sesquiterpenes, monoterpenes usually oxidize (or break down) faster, which means they have a short shelf life. (But as these compounds are plant-based, shelf life is still measured in months as compared to days for compounds found in animal and dairy products.)
Limonene in Foods and Herbs
It should not surprise one to learn that limonene is the primary essential oil found in citrus fruit peels. Considering its name, it is logical to assume that the terpene limonene can be found in most citrus fruits. And your logic would indeed serve you well, as the main fragrances emitted from limonene are:
That doesn’t mean, however, that citrus fruits are the only food where you will find limonene. Check out the variety of other foods and herbs containing limonene:
- Red Pepper
- St. John’s Wort
Potential Limonene Effects
While flavors and fragrances are important, limonene does more than please your taste buds and olfactory senses. It can actually affect moods and alter physical conditions but do keep in mind that, as is common with most natural remedies, individual results often vary greatly.
Over time, more studies will certainly reveal additional wellness benefits associated with limonene. Meanwhile, initial research has revealed a lot of promising benefits. This research, combined with anecdotal claims, indicates that limonene may aid in the following conditions and situations:
- Antioxidant – by battling free radicals, antioxidants are true heroes of our immune and wellness system; limonene is a reputable carrier of such properties
- Ease Inflammation – those experiencing swelling or inflammation, either from an injury or as a reaction, may find limonene helps ease discomfort and reduce swelling
- Energizing – sometimes during a busy or hectic day, a refreshing burst of energy from limonene is all that’s needed to get back on track
- Mood Stabilizer – both anxiety and sadness can be lifted or eased with limonene, making it a natural mood stabilizer
Keep in mind that limonene is just one of a variety of terpenes that appear in various Fern Valley Farms strains. In all likelihood, you will enjoy other beneficial effects from other terpenes included in any given cultivar or other hemp products.
Experience Terpenes with Fern Valley Farms
The wonders of terpenes go beyond their enticing aromas; they also play a pivotal role in the therapeutic properties of hemp products.
If you’re new to the world of terpenes or looking for a deeper understanding, don’t miss our informative blog post on “How to use Terpenes“.
Dive in, and let us guide your aromatic journey. 🌿✨
Expand Your Terpene Knowledge
Interested in learning more about terpenes? Our collection of Terpene Talks is the perfect springboard for expanding your knowledge!
If you’re curious about how we harness these incredible terpenes at Fern Valley Farms, don’t miss our blog post “The Art of Extracting Hemp Derived Live Resin Terpenes at Fern Valley Farms“, where we pull back the curtain on the process of extracting our CBD Hemp Live Resin Terpenes