Nerolidol is a terpene with surprising anti-cancer, antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. It also acts as a sedative, like myrcene and linalool, and fights ulcers. Terpenes have properties similar to other healthy chemicals produced by cannabis, such as cannabinoids, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).
Nerolidol (sometimes called penetrol, peruviol or trans-nerolidol) has a fresh bark smell, sometimes referred to as “woody” or “fruity” and may resemble an apple, citrus fruit or rose. Like other terpenes, nerolidol is used by the food industry as a flavoring agent, or as an ingredient in some flavors, also used in cleaners and detergents.
Also, like other terpenes, nerolidol is produced by many plants in addition to cannabis. Lemongrass, ginger, jasmine, lavender, lemongrass, neroli, orange, and tea tree oil are good sources of this terpene.
Cannabis varieties known to contain significant amounts of nerolidol include Blue Dream, Bubba Kush, Chemdawg, Good Morning, GSC (formerly Girl Scout Cookies), Island Sweet Skunk, Jack Herer, Sojourn, Skywalker OG and Sour Diesel.
In fact,terpenes have some similarities between them, in terms of drug efficacy. Formal research and evidence suggest that nerolidol offers patients and consumers a wide range of important health benefits that are similar or indeed identical to other terpenes and cannabinoids.
Among the qualities of nerolidol are its anti-cancer, antifungal, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties. Moreover,Nerolidol acts as a sedative (similar to myrcene and linalool) and is an effective agent in the fight against malaria and ulcers. It is a promising cytotoxic (anti-cancer) agent based on its ability to disrupt the membrane of cancer cells.
Basically,studies with nerolidol and similar terpenes have shown multiple drug therapies that can help patients with diseases as diverse as bacterial infections, cancer, malaria, skin lesions, ulcers and, like many other terpenes, any condition involving systemic inflammation (including arthritis, asthma, and fibromyalgia).
Finally,the researchers concluded: “Nerolidol is one of the common components of the essential oil of various medicinal plants. A majority of studies reveal that nerolidol is the main component of many plants that explains their pharmacological and biological activities, such as antimicrobial, antiparasitic, antimicrobial, antioxidant, antinociceptive, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, insect repellent, skin penetration enhancing, and anti-cancer properties.