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Geraniol Terpene: What is Geraniol

Geranium flower

Geraniol is one of over a hundred terpenes found in cannabis and other fruits and plants, and it packs a fragrant punch. In this guide, we’ll explain:

  • What is Geraniol?
  • What Does Geraniol Smell and Taste Like?
  • Where Can You Find Geraniol?
  • What Strains are Heavy in Geraniol?

You’ve heard of terpenes but what about cannabinoids? Learn more about cannabinoids and their effects today.
 

What is Geraniol?

Geraniol is a monoterpenoid found in some plants and even some bees (we’ll get to that shortly). This terpene is unique because its aroma profile is both strong and sweet. In fact, it gets its name because it’s derived from the geranium plant, a popular flowering plant with a citrus-like scent that repels critters and insects alike. This is because citronella oil is also found in geraniums.

Want to learn more about terpenes? Check out our guide to humulene.
 

What Does Geraniol Smell and Taste Like?

Geraniol smells both sweet and floral with citrus undertones. Some people describe it as smelling like roses. Not surprisingly, geraniol is harvested and used in a variety of fragrances and perfumes. As for taste, that’s sweet, floral, and citrusy too.


Where Can You Find Geraniol?

In addition to geraniums, geraniol can be found in lemongrass, lemons, carrots, oranges, rose oil, blackberries, blueberries, and even coriander. Perhaps the strangest place we find geraniol is in honey bees. These bees produce the terpene in their scent glands and use it to mark certain fruits and to warn off other colonies interested in making a hive in the area or taking over a certain pollination site.

On the shelves in the store, geraniol can be found in a variety of products, including cologne and perfume, lotions and detergents, and candles. If you’ve ever used rose oil in your cooking, geraniol is in that and ingredients like it as well.
 

What Strains Are Heavy in Geraniol?

While geraniol isn’t in a lot of cannabis strains, it is in some. These strains have unique aromas sure to delight the senses. They include:

  • Kimbo Kush: Named after the late Kimbo Slice, this hybrid marijuana strain produces an earthy aroma. In addition to the presence of geraniol, Kimbo Kush also contains limonene and caryophyllene.
     
  • Black Cherry Soda: This fun hybrid is named for its sweet, fruity, fizzy flavor that’s reminiscent of soda. It leans toward citrusy, thanks to the presence of limonene, and it’s popular among cannabis consumers across the country.
     
  • Agent Orange: Balanced and tasting of fresh citrus, what’s not to love about Agent Orange? This popular hybrid strain comes from a crossing of Orange Velvet and Jack the Ripper, both well-known strains among cannabis connoisseurs. While Agent Orange tastes like oranges, the buds on this cannabis plant are deep maroon and purple.
     
  • Purple Punch: If you’re looking for a strain jam-packed with trichomes, this one is it. Purple Punch is a sweet-tasting indica strain that smells like grape Kool-aid and blueberry muffins. Because of this, many people label this as a “dessert strain,” best enjoyed after dinner.
     
  • Lemon G: Ohio is represented with this lemon-scented sativa strain. Lemon G may smell like Lemonheads, but its flavor is more subtle and not reminiscent of citrus at all. In addition to geraniol, Lemon G is rich in limonene, caryophyllene, and linalool.
     
  • Strawberry Diesel: Cross NYC Diesel and Strawberry Cough, and you get Strawberry Diesel, a hybrid with a fruity scent and diesel fuel-like taste. While this strain is great for both day and nighttime use, its impact is purported to be fast-acting and intense, making it one to watch out for if you’re a beginner cannabis consumer.
     
  • FPOG or Fruity Pebbles, Fruity Pebbles OG, Fruity OG: This hybrid strain was bred as a limited-time offering, but now there are many varieties of it today. If you can find it, it has a unique, tropical berry flavor just like the cereal it’s named after.
     

Trying new strains based on their terpene profiles can be a fun way to familiarize yourself with cannabis and its unique effects on your body. If you’re interested in trying geraniol strains, visit one of our Verilife dispensary locations. Our cannabis experts can help you find the perfect strain for you.
 

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