Terpene Spotlight: Valencene
Valencene is one of the lesser known terpenes found in cannabis but still provides powerful benefits. It’s commonly found in sweet oranges, especially Valencia as the name may imply. While much of cannabis research is invested in studying the health benefits of Valencene’s more popular cousin limonene which is also found in citrus fruits, Valencene brings a different set of assets to the table.
Valencene’s most popular application is insect repellent. It safely repels mosquitos, fleas and ticks at the same rate or higher than DEET. So far, research has shown the following medical benefits of Valencene: anti-inflammatory, bronchodilator, promotes cognitive function and helps alertness.
You’ll know a strain has high amounts of valencene if it smells like sweet oranges, as opposed to lemon or grapefruit. You can find it strains like Agent Orange, Tangie, Clementine and Jillybean.