Limonene & the Wonderful World of Terpenes

Cannabis is so much more than a single cannabinoid. Believe it or not, there are over 113 cannabinoids in this wonder plant. Science hasn’t yet been able to plumb the depths of cannabis entirely, and there’s still a lot we don’t understand. According to the book Brave New Weed, we now know that “...it isn’t simply THC in cannabis that causes the high and delivers therapeutic effectiveness. Hundreds of other compounds—CBD, terpenes, phytochemicals, flavonoids, and other so-called minor cannabinoids—all work together to create an ensemble, or entourage effect.”

When we create our full spectrum oil, we bend over backward to make sure that we preserve that effect. At the beginning of our process, we painstakingly remove the terpenes and other compounds so that we can add them back into the purified oil, whole and hearty and ready to do their jobs. So just what are terpenes and why are they so important to preserve?

To help answer, let’s take a closer look at one terpene. A powerhouse of a chemical called limonene. If you’ve ever smoked a strain that reminds you of oranges or lemons, it’s likely that you’ve tasted this citrusy delight. In fact, two of our own oils, Lemon OG and Dragon OG, have very high concentrations of limonene. Cannabists everywhere love this terpene for its refreshing, uplifting, and creative effects. Not to mention, who doesn’t crave that citrus smell?

Above and beyond the effects mentioned above, limonene is also known to relieve stress and help soothe heartburn and gastric reflux. It’s also shown to have antifungal and antibacterial properties and to improve absorption of other terpenes and chemicals by way of the skin, mucous membranes, and digestive tract (a major piece of that whole entourage effect thing we’ve been talking about).

So, this explains why we make such a big deal about using our unique whole plant extraction technique and preserving our terpenes. It’s not just the THC or the CBD; the whole plant is key in bringing you the most holistic cannabis oil experience possible. We think it’s important to pack our golden goodness with the full wallop of this amazing plant and after you try it, we think you will too.