Here at Highgrade Labs, we commit to providing you with the most relevant information and education in the cannabis world. Today, we’ll be diving into the world of terpenes. Often overlooked, terpenes are absolutely the unsung heroes within the cannabis plant. 

Would you believe us if we told you they actually play more of a role on how “high” you get from a strain than the actual THC percentage? As we delve into the intricate world of terpenes, our focus will be on Nerolidol.


Follow along to learn about this incredible compound!


Understanding Terpenes

A few months ago, we explored cannabis terpenes benefits and their effects, but for the purpose of our blog today, let’s do a little review. Terpenes contribute not only to the captivating scents and flavors of different strains but also play a crucial role in shaping the overall cannabis experience. 


As terpenes actively engage with other cannabinoids within the cannabis plant, a symphony of effects begins to roll out, influencing the effects of each cannabinoid to expand in the presence of the others. This is called the entourage effect.


For instance, experts have renowned myrcene for its potential sedative effects, while limonene may offer uplifting and mood-enhancing qualities. When either of these are in the presence of the other, each of their qualities will amplify. 


Additionally, various plants, not just cannabis, contain these organic compounds, contributing to the diverse array of fragrances in nature. As we unravel the intricacies of terpenes, we gain a deeper understanding of how these compounds contribute to the holistic nature of the cannabis plant, elevating the sensory experience and influencing the therapeutic effects users may seek.


What is Nerolidol?

Among the diverse array of terpenes found in cannabis, nerolidol stands out as a compelling and versatile and unique ‘sesquiterpene,’ which essentially is a derivative of a terpene.


Its presence also extends beyond the cannabis plant; it naturally appears in various botanical sources, such as ginger, jasmine, and tea tree. What distinguishes nerolidol is its subtly sweet and floral aroma, contributing a unique layer to the olfactory profile of certain cannabis strains.


As a sesquiterpene, nerolidol showcases its complexity by offering more than just a pleasant scent. This terpene has piqued the interest of researchers and enthusiasts alike for its potential therapeutic properties, which we’ll be diving into next.


Therapeutic Properties

Nerolidol is truly one of the most dynamic terpenes when it comes to its therapeutic potential.


According to the National Library of Medicine, “To date, various pharmacological and biological activities of nerolidol have been reported such as antimicrobial, anti-biofilm, anti-oxidant, anti-parasitic, skin-penetration enhancer, skin-repellent, anti-nociceptive, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer.”


Additionally, nerolidol is known to offer therapeutic benefits for:

  • Skin lesions
  • Anxiety
  • Sedation


Pretty incredible, right? Nerolidol is without a doubt one of our favorite terpenes for the very reason of how dynamic it truly is.


How Nerolidol Strengthens in the Presence of Other Cannabinoids

We briefly spoke about the entourage effect earlier in this blog, but let’s dive into this subject a layer deeper. Research suggests that nerolidol, when accompanied by other popular cannabinoids such as CBD and THC, may be strengthened and diversified in its potential benefits.


One aspect where this synergy is particularly notable is in the potential sedative properties of nerolidol when combined with THC in particular. 


This intricate dance of compounds within the entourage effect not only enhances nerolidol’s therapeutic potential – but also contributes to the overall complexity and depth of the cannabis experience.

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Cannabis Strains Rich in Nerolidol

For those seeking the benefits of this terpene, here are some of our favorite nerolidol-rich cannabis strains:


  • Jack Herer: A sativa-dominant hybrid with a spicy, piney aroma, Jack Herer offers an uplifting and creative buzz inspired by the renowned cannabis activist.


  • Blue Dream: A well-balanced sativa-dominant hybrid, Blue Dream delights users with a sweet blueberry scent and gentle euphoria, making it a versatile and popular choice.


  • Black Lime Reserve: An indica-leaning hybrid with a mysterious lineage, Black Lime Reserve boasts a unique blend of citrusy lime and earthy flavors, delivering relaxing and sedative effects.


  • Chemdawg: An indica-dominant hybrid with a potent diesel aroma, Chemdawg is renowned for its strong euphoria and deep relaxation potential, making it a classic and powerful strain.


  • Island Sweet Skunk: A sativa-dominant hybrid originating from Canada, Island Sweet Skunk provides an energizing and creative experience, complemented by its tropical and fruity aroma.


  • Skywalker OG: An indica-dominant hybrid named after Star Wars lore, Skywalker OG delivers a strong body high with a pungent, earthy aroma, ideal for relaxation and stress relief.


So there you have it, folks! We hope you enjoyed this blog on the nortable terpene, nerolidol. Did you know that Highgrade Labs is one of the only labs in the country that can analyze 42 different terpenes in the flower and concentrate products? It’s true!


We currently offer testing for flower, concentrates, and infused products.


Be sure to reach out to us through our contact page (click here for Oklahoma, here for Maryland, and here for New Jersey).


*The contents of this blog are intended for informational purposes only. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.*