The cannabis terpenes series: Explore the therapeutic benefits of nerolidol

What is nerolidol?

Nerolidol is a terpene much like limonenelinalool, or myrcene. Experts believe terpenes like nerolidol play a crucial role in the entourage effect by interacting with cannabinoids and other compounds within the cannabis plant to maximise the effects of the plant whilst offering greater overall therapeutic activity.

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Why do terpenes matter?

While most plants have only trace amounts of terpenes, cannabis contains over 400 of these compounds, which contribute to the well-known scent profiles of cannabis strains whilst providing potential therapeutic benefits. If you’re interested in learning more about terpenes and why they matter, check out the blogs in our cannabis terpenes series.

What does nerolidol smell like?

This terpene has a distinct floral and woody scent, along with calming properties that make nerolidol-abundant strains a popular choice for promoting restful sleep.

Its scent is comparable to fresh bark with hints of melon, citrus, and lemongrass. Due to its distinct and pleasant scent profile, it is often used in perfume, cleansers, detergents, soaps, lotions, and skincare.


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Where else can you find nerolidol?

Did you know that nerolidol isn’t just present in cannabis? It can also be found in various other plants that have strong fragrances, such as:

  • Trees
  • Roses
  • Lavender
  • Jasmine
  • Ginger
  • Lemongrass


Nerolidol has a unique floral scent that blends with fruity and apple-like notes, and it serves many purposes beyond just being an aroma.

What are the benefits of this terpene?

Research suggests that the terpene nerolidol has a whole host of healing benefits. A study in 2016 revealed that nerolidol has potential anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that provide a neuroprotective effect that could potentially support the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease.

Additionally, the nerolidol terpene can combat specific strains of bacteria alongside anti-fungal properties. It also has the potential to reduce anxiety, alleviate stress and regulate mood.

How can I determine which terpenes are most appropriate for me?

Terpenes are an important part of any cannabis strain. They have the power to work synergistically with cannabinoids and various other cannabis plant compounds to create beneficial effects for patients managing a range of medical conditions.

At Mamedica, our team of doctors will assess your medical history and recommend a strain that is safe and effective for your condition whilst taking into consideration the power of terpenes. After your online consultation, you will receive a customised treatment plan that addresses your specific condition and concerns. To see if you are eligible for medical cannabis treatment, click here.