Terpene Highlight: Benefits of Limonene and Pinene
Sometimes a strain hits you just right––and for that, you can thank the magic of terpenes! :)
To understand how certain strains might affect you, learn more about the benefits of the terpenes present in that strain.
For starters, check out some of the amazing benefits to consuming terpenes Limonene and Pinene!
- Elevated mood
- Stress & anxiety relief - These results are backed by a 2013 study in Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior. It found that inhaled limonene had anxiety-reducing properties. The authors of the study suggest that the terpene could be useful as an anti-anxiety agent in aromatherapy.
- Antifungal properties
- Antibacterial properties - Many terpenes have antimicrobial effects, and limonene is no exception. It can act as a food preservative, preventing bacteria from spreading. Furthermore, a 2006 study in the Journal of Periodontology indicates that it is effective against certain fungi and parasites, as well.
- Anti-inflammatory - A 2010 study for the Journal of Food Science found that it inhibits cytokines. These chemicals are a vital component of the immune system and help to trigger the inflammatory response.
- May help relieve heartburn and gastric reflux - A 2017 study for Molecular Medicine Reports suggests that limonene’s anti-inflammatory effects could help combat ulcerative colitis in rats. Furthermore, 2009 research in Chemico-Biological Interactions found that the terpene could increase gastric mucus production. This effect allows limonene to protect the digestive tract, providing potential benefits for conditions such as heartburn and GERD.
- Improves absorption of other terpenes
- Appetite reduction - A 2008 study in Neuroscience Letters found that the aroma of limonene could reduce the appetite of blowflies. Of course, more research is necessary to confirm whether these effects carry over to humans, but the results are interesting nonetheless.
Found in: lemon rind, orange rind, juniper
Strains with Limonene: WiFi OG, Do Si Dos, Berry White, Super Lemon Haze, Green Crack.
- Anti-inflammatory - Pinene has displayed strong anti-inflammatory properties. A 2011 study examined the antiviral properties of Pinene, further highlighting Pinene’s potential contribution to the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis.
- Bronchodilator (helps open airways) - Pinene has been long known to work as a mighty bronchodilator, which means that it helps to open airways. Because of this, Pinene can aid in respiratory system-related issues, such as asthma.
- Pain relief
- Pinene is found to counteract some of the adverse effects of THC, and in particular, the chances of experiencing episodes of paranoia. Not the least, Pinene is found to possibly counteract yet another of the possible negative effects associated with THC, namely short-term memory impairment.
Found in: pine needles, rosemary, basil
Strains with Pinene: Blue Dream, Pineapple Express