In this week’s episode of Leafly’s Cannabis 101 we introduce you to terpenes, the natural compounds found in cannabis that give Pineapple Express its sweet, fruity taste, and Sour Diesel its skunky, pungent aroma. Terpenes work together with cannabinoids to offer an array of effects and therapeutic benefits known as the entourage effect. This video offers just a quick overview of terpenes and the why they are important to better understand the nuances of your favorite cannabis strains. Hundreds of different terpenes have been identified, so for more in depth information on all the terpenes found in cannabis check out https://www.leafly.com or the free Leafly app on iOS and Android.

High Limonene Cannabis Strains

Whereas THC levels typically makes up 10 to 20 percent of a flower’s biomass, limonene occurs in more trace amounts – generally from none at all to 1 to 2 percent. Some strains exhibit higher levels of limonene than others, and these levels can vary widely across harvests depending on the growing and curing process. In other words, one grower’s Jack Herer may test for high levels of limonene while another’s demonstrates a disappointing lack thereof. The only way to know for sure is through lab-tested batches. If your choices are not tested, you can always try following your nose or search our database for citrus-flavored strains.

Here are some cannabis strains that have the potential to exhibit limonene-rich terpene profiles:

Leafly Super Lemon Haze cannabis strain tileLeafly Super Lemon Haze cannabis strain effects

The presence of limonene is present in both name and aroma with Super Lemon Haze, a sativa strain known for its ability to lift the spirit alongside a sweet lemon flavor.
Leafly Durban Poison cannabis strain tileLeafly Durban Poison cannabis strain effects

The limonene in Durban Poison, a high-energy sativa, isn’t immediately apparent in its subtle sweet and earthy aroma, but you’ll feel its uplifting, stress-relieving effects nonetheless.
Leafly SFV OG cannabis strain tileLeafly SFV OG cannabis strain effects

You know how OG strains tend to have that lemony pine aroma? That’s limonene, and it can also be detected in SFV OG’s blissful, stress-crushing sensations.
Leafly Jack Herer cannabis strain tileLeafly Jack Herer cannabis strain effects

Jack Herer is a fan favorite for a reason: not only does it typically boast high levels of limonene, Jack offers a palette of other terpenes like pinene and myrcene, which promote alertness and relaxation respectively.
Leafly Berry White cannabis strain tileLeafly Berry White cannabis strain effects

Limonene appears most often in sativa strains, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t indica strains with a high limonene potential. Berry White exemplifies this with a limonene content that can be felt in its happy, stress-less effects.
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Learn more about cannabis terpenes HERE


  • Bailey Rahn

    Bailey Rahn is a University of Washington graduate with a B.A. in English and Norwegian. She works with patients and doctors as Leafly’s Patient Advocate and Engagement Specialist, and previously worked as an editor in the drug rehabilitation field.

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