Eucalyptol: The Minty Terpene

Eucalyptol: The Minty Terpene

Over 100 different terpenes have been identified in the cannabis plant, each with its own character and properties. Since most cannabinoids only exist in trace amounts, it’s really easy to overlook some hidden gems. Eucalyptol won’t blow your mind like THC or chill you out like CBD, but that doesn’t mean it’s not important. Learn more about eucalyptol and check out some eucalyptol-rich strains you can pick up next time you’re at your favorite West Hollywood dispensary!

What Is Eucalyptol?

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Eucalyptol is a terpene – an aromatic compound that gives plants a cooling menthol-like smell. Also known as cineol, it can be found in things such as eucalyptus, mint, tea tree, rosemary, bay leaves, and sage.

It can also be found in certain strains of cannabis with complex flavor profiles like bubba kush and girl scout cookies. However, apart from eucalyptus-rich strains like these, eucalyptol typically only makes up around 0.06% of the average strain’s terpene profile. 

First identified in 1870, eucalyptol has a cooling yet spicy aroma that can be found in essential oils, cosmetics, lotions, and balms. In addition to its potent scent, it is also believed to have significant therapeutic potential. Here are just a few of the potential therapeutic properties that eucalyptol is thought to have.

Memory & Alzheimer’s Disease

One study found that rosemary (high in eucalyptol) could potentially improve memory and mood. 22 participants were treated to rosemary essential oil from a diffuser while performing mathematical tasks. Researchers found that the higher the eucalyptol/cineol blood level of the participant, the higher the number of correct answers

Additionally, research indicates that it may also help to treat Alzheimer’s by reducing neuroinflammation. With Alzheimer’s, beta-amyloid plaque proteins begin to build up in the brain where they work to block cell-to-cell signaling at synapses. Eucalyptol is believed to block the inflammation produced by these proteins.


Research also indicates that cineol may be able to suppress cancer cells. A 2013 study found that cineol was able to induce apoptosis (cell death) in colon cancer cells. Based on these results researchers believe that cineol may be an “effective strategy” in the treatment of certain types of cancer.


Antioxidants are important compounds that chase down free radicals within the body, preventing them from damaging DNA through oxidation. A 2011 study dosed rats who had been exposed to environmental pollutants with cineol. Results showed that cineol showed antioxidant activity and reduced oxidative stress in subjects.


Research also shows that eucalyptol may also have powerful antibacterial properties. This terpene may be effective against some pretty nasty bugs including E. Coli and Staphylococcus bacteria.

High-Eucalyptol Strains From A West Hollywood Dispensary


If you’re looking to enjoy eucalyptol, there are certain eucalyptol-rich strains you should keep an eye out for. Next time you’re at your favorite West Hollywood dispensary, check out these strains.

  • Bubba Kush: heavy indica strain known for its potent sedating effects.
  • Super Silver Haze: iconic sativa strain known for its energizing and stimulating euphoria.
  • Girl Scout Cookies: a 60/40 indica-dominant hybrid known for producing a lazy sedating high.
  • AC/DC: A high-CBD strain that is not intoxicating but that has serious therapeutic power.