Limonene in Hemp Helps Stress, Anxiety, and Depression

When Life Gives you Lemons...

Who doesn't light up when you see the beautiful bright yellow of lemons? On a hot summer day there is nothing like an ice-cold glass of fresh squeezed lemonade to refresh your mood! "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade", is a term to encourage optimism in the face of adversity, and that is something we are always there for. While lemons may be sour on their own mix them with cannabinoids and they will definitely sweeten your day. 

What is the Terpene Limonene, & Where Does it come from?

You have likely used limonene in various forms multiple times in your lifetime. Limonene is a naturally occurring compound commonly found in, you guessed it! Lemons! Citrus fruits are one of the most common sources of limonene however it’s also found in various herbs and spices such as lemongrass, yarrow, tarragon, dill, ginger, basil, and turmeric.

Limonene is actually one of the most common additives in insect repellents, cleaning supplies, cosmetics, and foods. Its popularity is derived from the zesty, fresh scent it provides as well as the anti-bacterial benefits and its ability to help remove adhesives from surfaces. It isn’t uncommon for health enthusiasts to create their own cleaning solutions using orange and lemon peels. 

Health Benefits of Limonene in Hemp Flower 

Outside of just an ingredient, limonene is also considered a terpene and can be used alone or in combination with other terpenes to provide health benefits. Terpenes are the “essential oils” of the plant that create the aromatic and flavor profile as well as contribute physical and emotional benefits to our bodies. It is believed that plants create these compounds as a protective mechanism from predators, however in our bodies they find a home to thrive. 

The benefits of limonene expand from digestion to a more uplifted mood and even weight loss. This constituent of citrus fruits can be used topically in the form of essential oil or internally by consuming lemon water, teas with various herbs, and even by inhalation of herbs or cannabis strains that contain this terpene. While research is always ongoing on the thousands of terpenes that exist in nature science points to these specific ways limonene can support our bodies & moods. 

Limonene from CBD for Stress and Anxiety 

Known as one of the best terpenes for anxiety, studies have revealed that inhaling the vapors of limonene increases serotonin and dopamine levels in key regions of the brain that are associated with anxiety, depression, and OCD. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter associated with happiness and feelings of well-being. We wrote in our blog titled: 5 Products for Better Orgasms, “that dopamine is released by the brain when we eat something luscious or when we’re making love, it also helps to regulate emotional responses which could lead to a greater connection with your partner.” With that, limonene is a beneficial terpene that can be used in the office or even the bedroom to decrease the effects of stress and anxiety.

Uses for Limonene from Hemp 

There is some evidence that D-limonene can promote weight loss by lowering blood sugar and lipids associated with metabolic syndrome and limonene in combination with the terpene Humulene could help to decrease appetite. Additionally, limonene aids the digestive system by calming heartburn, moving sluggish bowels, and even supporting a healthy gallbladder. Limonene has natural calming properties and therefore is potentially useful to help relax nerves and assist sleep. Similar to cannabis limonene helps activate the adenosine A(2A) receptor on cell membranes, which helps nerves function in a relaxed manner. 

CBD Hemp Strains with Limonene. 

Limonene is known as one of the best terpenes for anxiety. Studies show inhaling the vapors of limonene increases serotonin and dopamine levels in key regions of the brain that are associated with anxiety, depression, and OCD. Limonene is available in many of SOCIETY’S Plant Hemp flower strains, which combined with the anti-anxiety powerhouse of CBD combines into a synergy that is worth trying!

Gelato: Terpenes with delta-8 distillate weaved into our “Lifter” CBD flower are derived from the hybrid strain with a creamy, dessert-like flavor reminiscent of berries, flowers, and the dessert for which it was named. The dominant terpenes of this strain are Limonene, Myrcene, Beta-Caryophyllene, and Linalool, which produces a balance of calming and energizing effects that can be modulated to the user’s preference. 

Do-Si-Dos: A powerful & relaxing hybrid. The Do-Si-Dos terpene profile has a pungent, sweet, and earthy aroma with a minty, sweet flavor. The dominant terpenes of this strain are Limonene, Caryophyllene, and Linalool. This strain provides a very potent but smooth high, followed by plenty of dreamy, euphoric bliss. Ideal for solo consumers who enjoy introspection.

Rocket Fuel: This strain will lift your mood but calm your body. Rocket Fuel is considered a great stress and discomfort alleviator during the day. Some users have reported Rocket Fuel has given them a little extra ammunition in the bedroom and produced a body high that increased sensuality. After some euphoric loose concentration on whatever may be piquing your interest, this strain lightly sweeps you into a peaceful, deep, and long sleep. It’s an ideal strain if you want to unwind. It also treats chronic pain, nausea, insomnia, depression, and cramps.

Sour Diesel: The combination of Caryophyllene, Limonene, Myrcene fuse to create a spicy and citrusy flavor profile. Available in our CBD vape cartridges, Sour Diesel is a sativa dominant strain that is perfect for daytime use. It has been voted one of the best strains to help ease anxiety but stimulate the mind so you can have bigger, better and more creative ideas! Because of the calming clarity and motivational effects of vaping Sour Diesel CBD, consumers tend to enjoy this strain in the morning, or during a hectic day. 

If you love learning about terpenes as much as we do, check out our other blog posts: 

Everything you need to know about Caryophyllene and 

Myrcene: The Foundational Terpene of Cannabis 

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