Cannabis Terpenes: What is Linalool?
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- On May 7, 2021
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Our guide on the terpene known as linalool will give you educational information regarding:
- Terpenes being aromatic oils produced by plants, including cannabis.
- Linalool as a terpene that gives off a distinct lavender scent. The terpene itself can be found in hundreds of plants, trees, and flowers.
- Linalool as a terpene believed to help reduce anxiety, act as an anti-microbial agent, and eventually serve as a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s. There is still more research needed to confirm all of the benefits of linalool.
One of the newest frontiers of cannabis culture is the various chemical components that can be extracted beyond just the commonly known compound of THC. The most famous example of this is probably CBD, which has become an increasingly popular supplement that’s found in edibles, tinctures, and even skincare products.
Another type of chemical component found within cannabis are the terpenes. Linalool is a common terpene that’s found across many different strains. To better examine why people are often looking for products containing linalool and how the terpene has emerged in popularity, we must look at the science behind terpenes, and the effects linalool can have.
What Are Terpenes?
Cannabis contains a variety of chemical compounds. Some of these are called cannabinoids. THC and CBD are the most common form of cannabinoid, but scientific studies throughout the course of cannabis legalization have discovered over 100 others. When cannabis is ingested, these cannabinoids interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system. The interaction of cannabinoids causes the effects of cannabis, whether that effect is feeling “high” from THC or feeling relief from CBD.
However, cannabinoids are not the only form of compounds that cannabis produces. The plant also secretes aromatic oils called terpenes. When you nose the bouquet of a cannabis plant, what you smell are these aromatic oils. Terpenes are found in almost all living plants, which is why many cannabis strains have smells comparable to pine, beer hops, and lemons.
In the past, terpenes were thought to mostly produce a subjective effect. That is, they made the plant smell good or bad and had little to do with the physiological effect of cannabis. Within the past decade, though, that thinking has begun to shift.
A 2010 study focused on the “entourage effect” suggested that the combination of all cannabinoids and terpenes in a cannabis plant may help increase the effect of any individual component. To borrow a cliche, when it comes to cannabis, its effect may be greater than the sum of its parts.
Of course, there is a clear need for more studies and research before stating what benefits terpenes may generally offer. Until there is a clear scientific consensus on the value of terpenes, it’s best to consider terpenes as a tool to discuss and differentiate specific strains.
What is Linalool?
As mentioned previously, linalool is a terpene. It is not unique to cannabis, though, as it can be found in a variety of other herbs, plants, fruits, and trees. Plants like basil, cinnamon, citrus, and birch trees are all examples that contain linalool.
Since linalool is an aromatic oil, it’s essential to discuss the specific scent that it produces. Linalool is known to give off a lavender scent that contains notes of spiciness. This aroma can help identify the presence of linalool in specific strains of cannabis.
Even if you’ve never consumed cannabis, you’ve likely interacted with the terpene in the past. In fact, it’s quite ubiquitous.
Around 60% to 80% of all perfumed hygiene products contain linalool. This category includes detergents, lotions, and soaps.
Linalool can also be found in many insecticides used against cockroaches, fleas, fruit flies, and mosquitoes. Even though it is used in this application, there’s minimal risk of any adverse effects from your own interaction with the terpene.
Linalool is so present in the world around us that most people consume two grams of linalool a year just through food alone. So, even if you don’t specifically seek out linalool-infused products, you are still likely to interact with them the terpene in some shape or form.
What Are the Effects of Linalool?
The presence of linalool in so many plants, flowers, and trees isn’t mere happenstance. Linalool and other terpenes help plants in key ways by repelling predators and attracting pollinators. Studies have shown that linalool also serves an anti-microbial purpose for plants. While there is the potential for linalool’s use as an anti-microbial agent for humans, more studies and tests need to be conducted before providing any sort of scientific conclusion.
You may have heard that lavender essential oils can help calm your nerves and keep you focused. That’s likely due to the presence of linalool, which has shown to have a sedative effect on mice. Additional studies on mice have found that linalool could serve as a possible tool in reducing anxiety and depression.
While there’s a clear need for more tests to demonstrate the efficacy of linalool, a recent study found that linalool could serve as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. This study was conducted on a genetic mouse model of the disease, but it helps show the terpene’s potential on a larger scientific scale.
The potential beneficial effects of linalool are most-likely due to the interaction of the aromatic oils within the brain. Linalool is thought to relax the body by reducing the excitability of cells that transmit pain signals to the brain. Linalool has also been shown to reduce the ability of specific neurochemicals to signal the need for muscle movement and help inhibit the neurotransmitters that communicate pain.
As stated previously, Linalool is commonly found within skincare products. Part of this is due to the distinctive aroma the oil gives off. However, some dermatologists believe that linalool may also provide anti-inflammatory benefits. This can only be true of naturally produced linalool and not its synthetic counterpart.
What Strains Are High in Linalool?
If you’re looking to boost your consumption of linalool through cannabis, there are several strains you can seek out that are known to contain higher concentrations of the terpene. You can also let your nose be your guide and try to find strains that give off the aroma of lavender with background notes of spice. As this scent is unique to linalool, your nose may serve as your best bet to find strains that fit your linalool needs.
During your search for strains with an abundance of linalool, make sure to scan our menus for these strains:
- Amnesia Haze
- Granddaddy Purple
- LA Confidential
- Lavender or Lavender Kush
- Scooby Snacks
Where Can You Purchase Strains High in Linalool?
At Options Medical Center, we pride ourselves on developing long-lasting relationships with high-quality cannabis producers. This allows us to offer a diverse menu of cannabis products that is well-suited to meet everyone’s different needs.
We carry several strains that are known to contain significant quantities of linalool. You may also find linalool in some of our vape cartridges and topicals. Make sure to check out our online menu or stop by our dispensaries in Wheat Ridge and Boulder. Our friendly budtenders are always happy to help walk you through which products might be best suited for your needs!
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