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Valencene is a terpene known to have a strong citrus fragrance. It is the terpene that you will find in Valencia oranges and is popularly used in the food industry as a citrus flavoring additive.

Valencene is in many different aromas such as tangerines, mangos, and grapefruits. It is used as a deterrent for insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, and flies. If you have ever eaten an orange, then then you have encountered valencene. Valencia oranges are used to infuse into some oils to produce the citrus smell that is found in some salads. The Chinese bayberry is known to be a natural source of valencene.

Some research has indicated that valencene may have anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and skin-protecting benefits. A study that was conducted in 2011 on mice revealed that valencene contained anti-inflammatory properties. Another study in 2016 showed that valencene was an essential oil in Cyperus, rotundus, or nut grass, and it could be beneficial in warding off aging effects of UV rays from the sun.

Another study in 2017 revealed that valencene might increase the efficacy of a chemotherapy drug known as doxorubicin. There were other terpenes also involved in the study, but the results showed that valencene was the most effective in increasing the therapeutic action of the drug on cancer cells that were previously resistant to the drug.

Some cannabis strains that are known to contain high levels of valencene are Agent Orange, Tangie, and Sour Diesel. In cannabis, valencene is what offers the bitter yet sweet fragrances.

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It was funny. I had a Valencia orange in the morning and then I had some Sour Diesel weed later in the day and someone told me they smell similar because of the valencene terpene. They said it’s what causes the citrus-like smell in oranges, mangos, and grapefruit.

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