BY MARIE LODI
In our Terpenes 411 column, we’ll be talking about terpenes, which are aromatic compounds found in every plant, including marijuana. What are terpenes? Not only do they give our favorite strains their distinctive scents—they also play a major part in providing therapeutic effects. There are over 100 different terpenes in the cannabis plant, and while each has its own benefits, when they come together with THC, CBD, other terpenes, and our own biological makeup, they interact synergistically, resulting in what is known as The Entourage Effect. In this recurring feature, we’ll be delving into, and providing a full-fledged education about, this buzzword that you’ve likely heard all over the place.
Thought you were well-versed in all of the citrusy cannabis terpenes? Well, you might not have met geraniol yet. Granted, it isn’t as abundant in weed as its more famous terpene cousins, like limonene or myrcene, which might explain its more under-the-radar place in the cannabis terpene landscape. However, it is still found in copious varieties of plant life, fruits, and spices, including lemongrass, lemons, roses, peaches, blackberries, blueberries, nutmeg, coriander, passion fruit, and more. Because of its expansive scent range, you can find geraniol in a wide array of fragranced products, like lotions, perfumes, and candles.
Similar to other cannabis terpenes, geraniol hosts a slew of potential medicinal benefits, such as being anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, neuroprotectant, antifungal, and antiviral, which may make it useful against viral infections. Plus, according to a study from 2016, this terpene may also help suppress cancer cell growth.
Curious about trying cannabis with its share of geraniol? Head to MedMen and look out for strains like Afghani, Amnesia Haze, and Lavender.