Eucalyptol

Definition - What does Eucalyptol mean?

Eucalyptol is a naturally occurring compound that is commonly found in plants with fragrant foliage. It is one of the many different types of terpenes found in cannabis.

As the name implies, eucalyptol is found in eucalyptus leaves, but also in other pungent leaves such as basil, salvia, artemisia (wormwood), rosemary, and even cannabis foliage.

Eucalyptol has been used medicinally for centuries as an insect repellent. It has also been used in culinary arts as well. Its flavor is described as mild, but pleasantly spicy.

Hydrolife explains Eucalyptol

As a medicine, eucalyptol is used as a bactericide topically and when ingested. It also has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties and is used in the treatment of maladies ranging from coughs, sinus infections, and asthma to Alzheimer’s disease and cancers. It is often used in mouthwashes, toothpastes, and body oils as well as in aroma therapy.

Various strains of cannabis have differing levels of eucalyptol. Most strains have very little, but some are renowned for their high concentrations of eucalyptol. Super Silver Haze is probably the best-known cannabis species that boasts high levels of eucalyptol. However, when it comes to this powerful compounds, a little goes a long way. Super Silver Haze has a eucalyptol content of .06 percent. Other strains noted for the presence of eucalyptol include Girl Scout Cookies, Headband, and Bubba Kush.

Terpenes in marijuana, including eucalyptol, affect the aroma and flavor profile of the plants, especially once they are dried and cured. Other terpenes found in cannabis include pinene, linalool, limonene, mycrene, and more.

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