Limonene is available as D (dextro) and L (Laevo). It is an aroma chemical that is found in a variety of plants; both in plants that are defined as aromatic and those that are not. L- and D-limonene is present in almost every plant that has green leaves even if only in trace amounts. It is present in very large quantities in some plants like lemons and oranges and also in mint, herbs and spices, as well as fir needle oils and other conifers.
We consume this material in our daily lives as it is present everywhere in our environment. It is used either knowingly or unknowingly in many commercial goods products as an ingredient within an ingredient. Most beverages and confections incorporate flavors that contain D- or L-limonene. It can and has been isolated from many sources both natural and synthetic; however, most of the limonene available on the market is isolated and purified through vacuum distillation. From orange oil in the case of D-limonene and from mint oils as a byproduct of menthol production. Limonene can and will smell VASTLY different based on the source from which it is derived and purified but almost always an aroma that is similar to its source. For example D-limonene usually smells like oranges; however, in the case where it has been extracted and enriched from lime it will smell like limes. Conversely, if L-limonene comes from spearmint or peppermint oils the fractions will smell minty.
Traditional use of certain essential oils rich in limonene as well as the pure fraction are used in a variety of approved OTC medicines, natural “safe” household cleaners, FDA flavorings, foods, TV dinners, air fresheners, and a variety of perfumes, cosmetics, and many more existing applications, including acting as a precursor to make other aroma chemicals. Limonene is often touted as the key ingredient in cannabis that creates an energized feeling . It is abundant in most sativa strains and finds itself often a paired with alpha-pinene and terpinolene and gives the herb a citrus, pine top note that is sometimes defined as fresh and clean versus dank and musty. It is interesting that the same chemistry that exists in oranges, lemons and mints are often associated with “energy” “awareness” and “uplifting” in many consumer goods products labeled as therapeutic or aromatherapy.
Extract Consultants first offered individual isolated terpenes to the market for both educational and creativity purposes, as people want to replace the entourage effect that is lost through the extraction process.
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