Terpene of the Month: Trans-Nerolidol
Each month we highlight one of the 200+ volatile aromatic compounds called terpenes that create the unique flavors and aromas of different cannabis strains. Terpenes generally enhance the health benefits of cannabis while reducing the intoxicating effects that can cause anxiety. Additionally, each terpene has unique therapeutic properties. This month we’ll discuss the secondary cannabis terpene trans-nerolidol.
Trans-nerolidol has a woody, fruity citrus aroma reminiscent of citrus, apples and roses.
Botanicals Containing Trans-Nerolidol
Many botanicals contain high levels of trans-nerolidol, including lemongrass, jasmine, tea tree, ginger and neroli (an essential oil distilled from bitter orange flowers).
Trans-nerolidol has been traditionally used for its relaxing, slightly sedative effects.
Trans-nerolidol has been extensively studied for a variety of therapeutic uses, particularly for its anti-parasitic, antifungal and anti-bacterial properties. These findings are consistent with the traditional use of orange oil as a natural disinfectant. Research has shown that trans-nerolidol can reduce Leishmaniasis infection by 95%. Likewise, research has found that it significantly inhibits the growth of four species of Babesia parasites.
Another study found that trans-nerolidol can effectively reduce skin lesions caused by the fungal infection Microsporum gypseum. Perhaps most remarkably, studies have shown that the introduction of trans-nerolidol actually sensitizes infectious bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli to antibiotics. In other words, trans-nerolidol can work together with antibiotics to destroy bacterial pathogens more effectively.
Trans-nerolidol has a boiling point of 122°C/252°F – so the best way to take advantage of its benefits is by using a customizable temperature vaporizer such as the Argo. (For more information, see WikiLeaf’s Customize Your High By Controlling Your Vaporizer Temperature).
Cannabis Families with Abundant Trans-Nerolidol
To identify strains rich in trans-nerolidol, use your nose or select strains that are listed as having a woody, citrusy aroma.Terpene levels vary from harvest to harvest, but some strains consistently produce high levels. According to the most recent tests of our concentrated terpene extracts, our strain with the highest level of trans-nerolidol is Green Mountain followed closely by Sour Kush and Tangilope.