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What is geraniol terpene + its benefits?

Gregg PadulaOctober 15, 2020

What is Geraniol?


Geraniol is a terpene that occurs in some strains of cannabis, along with other plants such as roses, geraniums, and lemons. Some of the signature and pleasant scents given off by these plants and fruits are a result of the pungent smell of geraniol.


As the name suggests, it occurs naturally in geraniums as well as in roses, lemongrass, peaches, passion fruit, blackberries, blueberries, coriander, nutmeg, bergamot, and lemon peels.


The highly attractive nature of this terpene has seen its application within commercial industries where it has been added to all matter of products from essential oils, food products, perfumes, and lotions. It is also found to be an effective mosquito repellant. 


Although geraniol smells delightful, the terpene has much more potential than merely serving as a scent. Studies have shown interesting medicinal potential.


What are the effects of Geraniol?


Cannabis strains with strong floral and fruity profiles most likely have geraniol to thank. This terpene is most commonly known for its sweet and floral aromas of rose with citrus to citronell-like nuances, as well as its pain-relieving effects. These properties have made these strains ideal for use in topicial cannabis products. 


Fans of fruity or sweetly floral scents like berries or roses may have an affinity for geraniol.


What is Geraniol used for?


According to several research studies, geraniol can be used for its antioxident, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotectant properties. The terpene has also shown anti-tumor properties that some say might even lead to possible treatments for cancer in the future.


Plenty of research into geraniol has been conducted over the course of the past few decades. So far, the terpene has displayed the following results.  


Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Fungal Properies 

Research from 2015, geraniol has demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties which can reduce fibrosis. This terpene is also known to display analgesic qualities, meaning it can reduce pain and does so even more when acting synergistically with other analgesic terpenes.  According to a research study published in 1988, geraniol has also been shown to contain anti-fungal properties


 Neuroprotectant Properies 

Geraniol is also being explored as a neuroprotectant, which might be great news for people who suffer from neuropathy — damage to certain parts of the nervous system that can result in symptoms such as numbness, tingling, and pain. It's also enough to excite biohackers and nootropic fanatics who are always searching for ways to delay the onset of aging and biological deterioration.


A 2014 paper published in the Journal of Neuroscience Research explored the effects of geraniol in a diabetic neuropathy rat model. The terpene was found to benefit the condition in numerous ways, leading researchers to suggest that geraniol may be a promising therapeutic candidate in the management of diabetic neuropathy in humans.


Anti-Tumor Properties

A 2016 paper published within the International Journal of Oncology documents the possible antitumor effects of geraniol. The authors of the publication state that the terpene is associated with treating and preventing certain cancers such as breast, lung, colon, prostate, pancreatic, and hepatic cancers.


Cannabis strains high in Geraniol


A few strains that contain geraniol include: 

  • Afghan - a calming hybrid that's known for its euphoric, balanced uplift. 
  • Headband - a pain-relieving hybrid that may help with depression, anxiety, and headaches.
  • Amnesia Haze - a citrusy sativa that is known to be uplifting and energizing. 
  • Great White Shark - a potent sativa that may improve mood. 
  • Sweet Skunk - a potent hybrid that leans more towards an introspective high.

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Gregg Padula
Gregg Padula
Gregg Padula is a cannabis columnist with industry roots reaching back to Humboldt County, CA in the early 2000’s – and later as one of the first cultivators in Massachusetts’ medical cannabis industry. This unique vantage point is explored in much of his work for Gatehouse Media and WickedLocal.com.