Let’s Talk Terpenes: What Is Linalool?

Linalool essential oil with lavender oil

Linalool is a terpene that is commonly found in lavender. This terpene is known for its calming effects and has multiple different health benefits!

Linalool is a common terpene that is known to have a variety of medicinal, anti-microbial, and therapeutic properties. It is found in cinnamon, oranges, birch wood and you guessed it – cannabis. This terpene is used in many of your everyday items including soaps, perfumes, and lotions. Due to linalool’s relaxing properties, it can provide great results when treating stress and anxiety.

Limonene taste and smell

The presence of linalool is not limited to cannabis. Its distinctive lavender scent that comes with a mild hint of spiciness is common to more than 200 different types of plants. It’s so common that even if you don’t use cannabis you can still end up consuming over two grams of linalool each year through the food you eat. Two grams may seem like a lot, but luckily there are very little risks of adverse effects. Linalool doesn’t stay in our bodies for long and won’t accumulate like some cannabinoids that get stored in your fatty tissues in the body and brain.

Linalool Terpene Chart

High linalool cannabis strains:

Only a handful of cannabis strains contain high levels of linalool. The strains below are only a few that feature linalool as its third most abundant terpene.

  • Do-Si-Dos
  • Scooby Snacks
  • Zkittlez

Linalool’s medicinal benefits

You may be wondering why so many different plants produce linalool. Its anti-microbial properties act as a protectant for plants and serves as a potential therapeutic benefit in people. Linalool has been used in traditional medicinal practices for its anti-epileptic and sedative properties.

Mice who were exposed to linalool vapors showed a reduced level of anxiety and less depressive-like behaviors. Linalool also has been shown to make the immune system stronger to the destructive effects of stress. Stress has been shown to cause a shift in the distribution of white blood cells in the body. In rats, linalool interrupted this shift, and prevented stress-induced changes in how the rats’ DNA was expressed.

Linalool has many hurdles before it can be regularly used in clinics. But the studies demonstrating the benefits in pain, anxiety, and depression point to the importance of continued investigation into the therapeutic benefits of linalool and the many other terpenes in cannabis.

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