Linalool terpene is one of the central characters in the revolving cast of terpenes found in cannabis. Terpenes often defined as aromatic compounds that give a variety of plants their distinctive scent.
Likely you’re already familiar with linalool because you can smell it in hundreds of different products in stores worldwide. However, linalool also boasts many therapeutic benefits.
Continue reading below as we take an in-depth look at linalool benefits and what makes it such a unique and beneficial terpene.
What Does Linalool Smell and Taste Like?
Linalool is often associated with lavender, but it doesn’t smell exactly like it. On its own, it has a floral and spicy scent with a hint of sweet and citrusy flavors.
Linalool occurs naturally in over 200 different plants, including lavender, roses, basil, and many citrus plants. It is so common that whenever you bite into a fruit, there’s a good chance you’re getting a dose of linalool.
It is likely that you also have a number of products with linalool as an active ingredient in your home. Many soaps, perfumes, shampoos, and other personal care products contain natural linalool terpene because of its pleasant aroma.
Linalool is also a great natural pesticide and helps ward off mosquitos, fruit flies, fleas, and even cockroaches. To understand that, we need to think about evolutionary biology.
We have to consider that plants don’t make terpenes because they’re good for us. They make terpenes because it’s useful for them, and one of the primary purposes of terpenes is to keep predators away.
Those predators are likely insects, bacteria, and mold. There are even studies that prove linalool to be an effective pesticide and anti-microbial agent.
It begins to make sense that so many different plants would have linalool because they all need a way to defend themselves. Luckily, linalool terpene is only bad news for nasty insects but great for us!
Now you might be thinking—how could something be a pesticide and also have therapeutic properties? Well, it turns out that linalool is a jack-of-all-trades.
For starters, let’s take a look at lavender. Lavender has become synonymous with calmness and wellness. Teas in stores promote relaxation and deep sleep, while lavender scented candles promise a soothing and relaxing ambiance.
Lavender oil is often used in massage therapy or in aromatherapy, to help with the relief of stress, anxiety, and even mild pain.
Lavender was also a widespread folk medicine, and a common method was to place a few drops of the oil under your pillow or head for a good night’s rest. In medieval times, lavender was prescribed as a medicine to treat epilepsy, migraines, and pain.
Thanks to modern research, we now know that all of these claims aren’t just hot air but are possible thanks to linalool.
Linalool’s Medicinal Properties
Researchers found that when they exposed mice to linalool vapor, they became more calm and open to exploration.
The scientists decided to dig a little deeper and find out exactly how linalool can reduce anxiety. What they found was that linalool is able to interact with GABAA receptors in the brain.
These GABAA receptors are crucial for anxiety regulation and are common targets for anti-depressants. That makes linalool a natural and powerful anti-anxiety agent.
GABAA receptors are also similar to another receptor complex called NMDA. Researchers found that linalool can interact with the NMDA complex, too.
The thing is, the NMDA complex plays a role in seizures and migraines. Studies performed over the last few decades show that linalool effectively alleviates seizures and migraines in mice.
Linalool oil has also been studied for its role in relieving pain through inflammation. While linalool doesn’t act on pain directly, it reduces inflammation effectively enough to reduce pain.
Additionally, linalool oil has also been found to have antidepressant effects. Researchers found that it acts a lot like CBD in the brain by interacting with serotonin receptors.
Linalool in Cannabis
Linalool terpene is a major player in any cannabis’ terpene profile, but it’s usually not the star. On average, linalool is within the top 10 terpenes found on any bud.
The Entourage Effect
When speaking about terpenes and cannabis, we need to think about the entourage effect. Dr. Ethan Russo first discovered the entourage effect, which says that cannabinoids, terpenes, and other chemicals in cannabis all work together to create different effects than they would alone.
We’ve seen amazing linalool benefits on its own, but in cannabis, it can:
- Work together with CBD and create a more potent anti-seizure effect.
- Work alongside THC and CBD to reduce pain and inflammation.
- Create a more effective anti-anxiety and antidepressant impact with CBD.
High Linalool Strains
As we mentioned, linalool terpene is common, but it’s usually not as abundant as myrcene or beta-caryophyllene. However, here are a few strains that have linalool in their top three terpenes:
- Amnesia Haze
- LA Confidential
If you get your hands on any of these strains, you may notice that they have a more floral and sweet scent. Most of these strains are award-winners and are considered connoisseur strains.
These strains are perfect if you’re looking to benefit from anti-anxiety and relaxing properties found in linalool.
Linalool Is All Around Us
Linalool is likely already a part of your everyday life, and you may not have known it. So the next time you use soap, light a candle, drink tea or eat fruit, there’s a strong possibility that you could be consuming linalool.
Thanks to cannabis, interest in terpenes is booming like never before. This enthusiasm for terpenes has led to new research, showing how beneficial terpenes like linalool really are.
Now, getting a high linalool strain is easier than ever, thanks to cannabis breeders making terpenes like linalool a priority. All you need to do is find lab-tested cannabis with an abundance of linalool, and soon you’ll be in a state of pure relaxation.
Did You Know…
You can find quite a few terpene mists with linalool in them. It is especially dominant in the Grape God strain mist and will be coming up in the Blue Dream drop coming soon!