Citronellol is a terpene that can be found in cannabis plants and has shown to be effective in neuroprotection, making it a popular component in medical cannabis.

Present in chamomile, lavender and cannabis – citronellol is a terpene, or monoterpene, that has proven neuroprotective qualities. This means that it helps to protect or defend the central nervous system, preventing cell dysfunction and death, which is common in patients with Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. 


What are terpenes?


Terpenes are responsible for the aroma (and flavour, to a certain extent) of all plants, cannabis sativa L. included. There are more than 20000 terpenes identified in nature, with over 400 found in the cannabis plants alone. They are organic compounds that give plants their unique scents and play a crucial role in the plant's natural defences.


How do terpenes help protect plants?


Terpenes act as natural insect repellents and protect plants from predators. They also have antifungal and antibacterial properties that help fight off diseases. Terpenes can also attract pollinators and even influence the growth of neighbouring plants, making them an essential part of maintaining a healthy ecosystem.


What are the potential benefits of citronellol?


We all know that citronella (also known as citronellol) is commonly used in insect repellents. But aside from its bug-repelling properties, citronellol also has potential benefits for our health, including neuroprotection. Studies have shown that it can help protect the brain from degenerative diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. It is also believed to have anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial properties, although more clinical research and trials are needed to confirm these results.

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