Terpene Tuesday: Geraniol

Terpene Tuesday is back! Today we’re highlighting geraniol. This sweet-smelling terpene has a number of benefits and uses beyond its rosy scent. 

What’s the Buzz?

Geraniol is a monoterpenoid and alcohol that can be commonly found in geraniums (hence the name), lemons and many other fruits and flowers in addition to cannabis. Geraniol is also produced by honey bees, helping them mark the entrance to their hives as well as nectar-bearing flowers. 

Consumption Junction, What’s Geraniol’s Function?

Due to its floral and fruity aromas and flavors, geraniol is used in many everyday items and you may be consuming it more often than you realize. Not only is it used as an aromatic component in perfumes, lotions and bath products, it is also used as a flavoring agent to boost fruit flavors in many desserts and candies. That watermelon hard candy you snuck from your grandma’s candy dish? Yep, it probably has geraniol in it. 

Geraniol is also a natural bug repellant. It can be found in citronella oil or used independently in candles or diffusers to keep mosquitos at bay. Perhaps we’ll soon be saying “a joint a day keeps the mosquitos away.” 

A Spoonful of Cannabis Helps the Medicine Go Down

It tastes delicious and does the body good? That seems too good to be true. But alas, researchers have found numerous potential health benefits for this tasty terpene. At the top of the list, geraniol helps fight cancerous tumors. It can stop cancerous cells from spreading throughout the body and potentially blocks resistance to anticancer drugs, a problem many cancer patients face. 

That sounds pretty good. Wait, there’s more. Studies also show geraniol can be an antioxidant, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory and a potential neuroprotectant (especially helpful for people with diabetes).

Strains High in Geraniol

Geraniol can be found in many cannabis strains, especially those also high in linalool. Here are a few of our favorites:

  • Amnesia Haze
  • Afghani
  • Headband
  • Island Sweet Skunk
  • Lavender
Stop and Smell the Roses

Like the floral and fruity side of cannabis? Geraniol is definitely a terpene to seek out. It smells like roses, can taste like candy and has numerous health benefits. Need help finding the right strain for you? Contact us at Elyon, we’re here to help!

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