Flash Point: 129.2°F/54°C
Odor: Citrusy and bitter
Cas#: 5989 – 27 – 5
Molecular Formula: C10H16
Antibacterial: Slows bacterial growth
Antimicrobial: Destroying or inhibiting the growth of microorganisms
Antifungal: Inhibits the growth of fungus
Anti-Inflammatory: Reduces inflammation
Anti-Proliferative: Inhibits cancer cell growth
Anxiolytic: Relieves anxiety
Gastro-Esophageal Reflux: Reduces acid reflux
Immunostimulant: Stimulates the immune system
Limonene, a cyclic monoterpene, has a pungent citrusy, bitter odor and flavor. Unsurprisingly, limonene’s highest concentrations are found in citrus fruits. Limonene also occurs naturally in a variety of other trees and herbs including pine, rosemary, mint, fennel, and juniper.
A terpene with a broad range of uses, limonene is commonly used in perfumes, household cleaners, food, and medicines. Limonene’s widespread use is largely due to its very low toxicity.
One of the most studied terpenes, limonene has been established as an antimicrobial, antibacterial,1 antioxidant,2 and anti-inflammatory3 agent, and potentially contains numerous other health benefits. Limonene has been researched for promoting weight loss, aiding digestion, and preventing gastric distress. Limonene has been utilized in remedies for bronchitis, heartburn, and gallstones in traditional medicine for centuries. Limonene also shows promising benefits for anxiety sufferers.4 Limonene’s most groundbreaking research shows it to be an effective treatment for cancer.5
Limonene, like myrcene, is one of the most abundant terpenes found in cannabis. Some of the many strains containing limonene include Cookies and Cream, Dirty Girl, Lemon G, Liberty Haze, Emerald Jack, and Shining Silver Haze.
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