Understanding Terpenes: Geraniol

Diehard fans of fruity or sweetly floral scents like berries or roses may not be aware that they have an affinity for a terpene called geraniol that is also found in cannabis and a variety of other plants, herbs and fruits. As the name suggests, it occurs naturally in geraniums as well as in roses, lemongrass, peaches, passion fruit, blackberries, blueberries, coriander, nutmeg, bergamot, lemon peels and even carrots. Bees also naturally produce geraniol in their scent-producing glands and use the aroma of it to mark their territories against other colonies.

Geraniol is a primary part of rose oil, palmarosa oil and citronella oil. The aroma and flavor has a range of sweet notes from sugary and rosy to citrus. Its taste is often used in different foods as an enhancer and flavoring agent to reproduce the flavor of several fruits in desserts like candies and ice cream and the smell can commonly be found in all types of bath, body and beauty products from lotions, creams and perfumes to soap and detergent.

The terpene has a variety of medicinal and therapeutic uses as well. It’s a natural antioxidant that has anti-cancer and anti-tumor properties that can be useful in treating many different types of cancer. The International Journal of Oncology published a study that provides evidence that geraniol could discourage tumorous cell growth in oral, colon, lung, prostate, breast, pancreatic and liver cancer. Plus, it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that can help reduce infections. In a study published by a medical journey called Lipids, geraniol is shown to be effective at inhibiting the growth of certain types of fungus.

Geraniol has also been shown to be anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and have a lot of potential as a neuroprotectant. A study published by the Journal of Neuroscience research showed that the terpene can be useful in treating neuropathy which is common among people who have diabetes or are pre-diabetic. The condition damages the peripheral nerves and causes numbness, weakness, pain or loss of sensitivity in the hands and feet. In the experiment, geraniol was able to lower enhanced cytosolic calcium levels and acetylcholinesterase activity, reduce levels of protein carbonyls and nitrates and restore the activities of enzymes.

It’s common for strains with high linalool profiles to be rich in geraniol as well. A few strains that have geraniol in them include Afghan (a calming hybrid that’s good for an euphoric, balanced buzz), Headband (a pain-relieving hybrid that helps with depression, anxiety and headaches), Amnesia Haze (a citrusy sativa strain that’s uplifting and energizing), Great White Shark (a heavy-hitting sativa that will reduce stress and improve bad moods) and Sweet Skunk (a potent hybrid that leans more towards a cerebral high).

According to Steep Hill Labs, geraniol is also closely related to another terpene called citronellol which has “used as a natural mosquito repellent for over 2,000 years.” Because it’s used by honey bees to mark nectar-bearing flowers and help find their way back to their hives, geraniol is known to attract them, but it also be used as an effective insect repellent for things other than mosquitoes as well including flies, roaches, fire ants and ticks. So, if you’re ever smoking outside during the summer and wonder why bees are buzzing around you, it may be because they’re getting a whiff of the geraniol in the strain you’re enjoying. But, at least it might keep the mosquitoes and flies away for a little bit.

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Solstice Strains for Summer

It’s officially summer! That means it’s time to get out in the sunshine with some sativas that will keep you in a good mood without making you feel tired, sluggish or sleepy. For people who aren’t leaving the house in the wake of COVID-19, this list of uplifting strains can help keep you in good spirits while staying at home.

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Sour Diesel

Need a mood boost? This gassy, diesel strain is a feel good smoke for people who need some relief from body aches, depression and stress. It’s energizing, euphoric sativa that will help you feel relaxed without leaving you feeling drained and ready for a nap.

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Super Lemon Haze

Just like the name suggests, this strain has a robust citrus smell and sparkling, zesty flavor. It has a bright, smooth buzz that creeps up on you and leaves you feeling easy-going with a nice, little energy boost that will keep you ready for what’s next.

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Candy Jack

If you need a quick attitude adjustment, this is a good strain to get rid of an unpleasant, sour mood. It’s a ideal choice for anyone who loves skunky, aromatic weed with heavy flavor. And it’s is also great for helping with a lack of appetite, so prepare for a case of the munchies to follow.

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Strawberry Cough

Sweet, fruity and full of berry flavor, this sativa can help with social anxiety and depression. You might start feeling giggly and goofy as tension starts to melt away and the euphoria starts to set in, making it perfect for a night out at a comedy club or at home watching a funny movie.

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Durban Poison

This is a good strain if you have a day full of activities planned where you’ll need to be present, social and upbeat while you’re out. It’s also useful if you need to focus and stay on task during a productive day at the office.

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Red Congolese

Fans of waking and baking or those with plans earlier in the day (brunch, anyone?) will appreciate this uplifting strain that can help with nausea and cramps while keeping you feeling clear and focused. This might also be good for late night plans where you need a little help keeping your energy up.

Sour Headband Strain

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Relax and relieve some stress without feeling weighed down with this powerful hybrid that is known to come on slow and strong. Long-lasting and calming, try this strain out when you need to cut through anxiety or steady your mood before going out to enjoy yourself.

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Golden Goat

You’ll feel this flavorful strain all over but will still be able to get up and get out to do whatever you’ve got planned for the day. It’s a pleasant, balancing buzz that won’t sneak up on you and steal your energy.



Jack Herer and G13 Haze make up this potent sativa hybrid that will make you feel cheerful, creative and carefree. It’s a stimulating strain that kicks in quickly and pleasantly lingers with its heavy cerebral buzz. Keep in mind, though, if you overdo it, you might be left a little more stoney than planned.

Summer Strains

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Deep greens and shades of purple make this sweet, fruity look just as good as it tastes. The high is hits heavy but you’ll be left feeling dreamy, floaty and very happy. It’s a potent strain, so first-timers and people with low tolerances should tread lightly.

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