Terpene Tuesday: Trans-nerolidol

In this weeks edition of Terpene Tuesday, we are going to break into the category of secondary terpenes and cover Trans-nerolidol.

This cannabis terpene is not as well known as myrcene, linalool, limonene, and other super prominent terpenes, but still – every compound in cannabis plays a key role in the entourage effect. While this terpene doesn’t get a ton of hype, there are plenty of reasons you need to know about it.

What is trans-nerolidol?

Trans-nerolidol, often referred to as simply “nerolidol” for short, is an incredibly aromatic terpene. It can be found in jasmine, yellow grass, ginger, and tea tree oil.

Nerolidol has an unmistakably floral scent, which people refer to as a mixture of roses, citrus, and apples. 

It is a secondary cannabis terpene, and is not found in high amounts. This is not to say this terpene has no effects on us when we consume it, however. As with most terpenes, trans-nerolidol produces many benefits and effects.

What are the effects and uses of trans-nerolidol?

This secondary cannabis terpene is known for a few of its powerful medical benefits. It fights off many bacteria, fungi, parasites, spiders, and more. It is used as a food flavoring agent and in a number of cosmetics.

Trans-nerolidol has been found to act as an:

  • Antiparastic
  • Antioxidant
  • Antifungal
  • Anticancer
  • Antimicrobial

How it affects our brainNerolidol Terpene

Trans-nerolidol also has potent cognitive effects on consumers and has been used traditionally for its highly touted relaxing, sedative abilities.

It hasn’t been put to the test quite yet, but researchers suspect this terpene may have a positive effect on anxiety without altering motor skills.

One study we do know about examined the effects of trans-nerolidol on oxidative stress in neuronal cells. Mice exposed to this terpene displayed high levels of sedation and showed lower levels of stress.

The relationship with our skin

This terpene may improve the absorption of water-based topicals. Because of this, it is sometimes used in creams, oils, and ointments. As of right now, trans-nerolidol is being tested for efficacy in helping with transdermal (through the skin) delivery of drugs.

What strains are high in trans-nerolidol?

It is not as easy to find strains high in this terpene, they still exist. To find strains that contain respectable levels of trans-nerolidol, just use your nose! 

Seek out that easily distinguishable woody, citrusy, floral aroma. Or, find cannabis strains from these families:

  • Tangilope
  • Royal Jack Automatic
  • Royal Cookies
  • Sour Kush
  • Sweet Skunk
  • Skywalker OG

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