Even people familiar with hemp terpenes may not have heard about trans-nerolidol. Unlike myrcene or limonene, trans-nerolidol doesn’t get a ton of press in CBD circles. However, as more CBD brands compete for attention, they are putting rare terpenes into their hemp extracts. Plus, now that CBD hemp flowers are more accessible, scientists are curious about the many fascinating compounds in this plant. 

Trans-nerolidol may never be the dominant terpene in hemp CBD strains, but it has many fascinating properties. People interested in nuanced hemp flavor experiences may be interested to know more about trans-nerolidol’s features. 

What Does Trans-Nerolidol Smell Like?

Trans-nerolidol has one of the most nuanced flavor profiles, which makes it challenging for consumers to describe. Even though trans-nerolidol is present in many cosmetics, most people struggle to explain its distinct scent.

However, “floral” is one of the most common words to describe trans-nerolidol. It’s also common for people to compare trans-nerolidol to roses or rosewater. Consumers could expect light & herby aromatics if their hemp strain has higher-than-average traces of trans-nerolidol. Generally, trans-nerolidol won’t overwhelm a hemp flower’s flavors, but it could contribute to woodsy undertones. 

While fresh earthy aromatics appear to be trans-nerolidol’s defining feature, some people also claim it has slight hints of sweetness, fruitiness, and citrus. Trans-nerolidol isn’t as sour as limonene, but it may add whiffs of brightness to a batch of hemp buds. 

Does Trans-Nerolidol Have Any Effects On Users? 

As with trans-nerolidol’s flavor, there’s not a ton of info on how this terpene interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS). However, please remember that trans-nerolidol is extremely popular in the skincare and cosmetics fields. Therefore, it’s safe to assume this terpene positively affects common skin ailments like dryness and redness.

Indeed, there are a few preliminary trials that suggest trans-nerolidol has a positive impact on skin health. Some scientists also believe trans-nerolidol may have natural antibacterial properties, which may explain its healing impact in topicals.  

There are a few trials examining trans-nerolidol’s impact on stress and anxiety. A few small tests on mice strongly suggest small doses of trans-nerolidol may increase calming properties. Keep in mind that these tests are in their beginning stages, so it will take time before researchers know the intricacies of trans-nerolidol’s impact. 

How Do People Know Trans-Nerolidol Is In Their Hemp CBD? 

It’s not as easy to determine how much trans-nerolidol is in hemp strains versus many other terpenes. The best place to check for trans-nerolidol percentages in CBD extracts or flowers is in a third-party lab screening. Some CBD brands may not list trans-nerolidol levels in their tests, but it’s getting more common to see this terpene as awareness increases. 

If you don’t see trans-nerolidol listed in third-party lab results, chances are there were negligible traces of this terpene in your CBD product. You could check with the CBD manufacturer for more detailed info on whether their hemp strains have statistically significant amounts of trans-nerolidol.

Remember that Real Tested CBD publishes reviews and lab results for countless CBD products. Whether you’re looking for CBD tinctures, lotions, or oils, you can find plenty of unbiased reviews on our website.

Dr. Igor Bussel, M.D., M.S., M.H.A
Dr. Igor Bussel, M.D., M.S., M.H.A is a clinician-scientist and ophthalmic surgeon. Before attending Chicago Medical School, he worked as a Research Scientist in a Healthspan Pharmacology Laboratory at University of California, Irvine focused on investigating the impact of botanical extracts and dietary supplements that can slow the aging process and add healthy years to human life.

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