Understanding Terpenes: Geraniol



Understanding Geraniol 
Geraniol is one of the 200 terpenes produced by the cannabis genome, many of which have been revealed—via both clinical research and the anecdotal testimonies of physicians and patients—to deliver significant medicinal powers. Like other terpenes produced by cannabis, this molecule offers a range of notable and alluring fragrances, depending on the terpenes with which it is commingled and their precise ratios to one another.
Geraniol was discovered and first isolated in 1871 and is considered a secondary terpene because it is less common and typically available in lower volumes than siblings that are labeled primary terpenes (including myrcene, pinene, and limonene).
This aromatic compound is utilized by various industries as a fragrance ingredient in a range of consumer products, including candles, colognes, detergents, lotions, and perfumes. Geraniol is also employed as a food additive, particularly in sweet desserts such as pastries.
This useful terpene conveys an aroma and floral profile that is sweet and delicate, with hints of citrus and rose. This important terpene is responsible for the biosynthesis of several other terpenes, including myrcene and ocimene.
Other than cannabis, the terpene geraniol is produced by a variety of plant species, including blackberries, blueberries, carrots, coriander, ginger, grapefruit, lavender, lemon, lemongrass, lime, nutmeg, orange, and rose oil.
Interestingly, this chemical is also produced by honey bees. For these insects, geraniol serves as a homing mechanism for nectar-bearing fruits and as a means of preventing dangerous competing bee colonies from stealing a valuable pollination site.
Medicinal Efficacy of Geraniol
Like other terpenes, geraniol has been shown to provide improvements to health and wellness in a variety of ways, including potential efficacy for major diseases like cancer and diabetes and conditions such as pain, inflammation, and bacterial infections.
The anti-inflammatory powers of geraniol make it an effective element in the fight against a variety of diseases based in or strongly characterized by this condition. This includes arthritis, fibromyalgia, and multiple sclerosis.
Geraniol has also demonstrated efficacy against hyperglycemia, fungal infections, and ulcers. Its proven antioxidant and neuroprotective properties mean that it may be an effective tool against diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
Summary/Conclusions
Geraniol is a terpene produced by cannabis that has been revealed by decades of research studies to offer a wide range of potential medicinal properties to humans. These benefits include the treatment of major diseases such as cancer and diabetes and improvement in conditions like inflammation and infections.
Despite the fact that it is categorized as a minor terpene, geraniol is responsible for the biosynthesis, or production, of several major terpenes in the cannabis herb, including myrcene and ocimene.

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