Happy Terpene Tuesday!
Today’s Terpene: Linalool! Pronunciation: Lin·uh·lawl
Linalool is a subtle but powerful terpene that is both common and naturally occurring. One of the unique properties of Linalool is that plants use Linalool’s anti-microbial, anti-oxidant, and anti-fungal properties to protect themselves from harmful diseases and pests.
What does it smell like?
Floral, Spicy, and Woody
What is it found in?
Lemongrass, Coriander, Sweet Orange, Basil, Birchwood, Peanut Leaves, and most recognized is Lavender. Linalool is also found in 60-80% of perfumed goods.
What strains are pre-dominantly Linalool heavy?
Granddaddy Purple, Do Si Do, Lavender, Kosher Kush, Scooby Snacks.
What effects/benefits does Linalool offer?
Linalool offers calm and relaxing effects and is mostly known to reduce anxiety and depression as well as offers stress relief. Within the world of cannabis this terpene is known for its spicy lavender aroma as well as being a very powerful therapeutic terpene! Not only does Linalool help ease chronic pain but it does so by combating inflammation and subduing chronic discomfort. Linalool has been found to reduce pain signal transmissions by inducing antinociception, the body’s natural pain blocking response to dangerous stimuli!
This terpene is usually paired and enhanced by Myrcene, Limonene, and Pinene and plays a prominent role in the entourage effect as mentioned in the last Terpene Tuesday article. It works rather closely with Myrcene specifically. These two terpenes share similar therapeutic qualities. Overall this terpene contributes to the “couch lock” effects.
Another common benefit of Linalool is the ability to cause sleepiness. Linalool is a great sleep aid as it offers sedative like effects along with the ability to help relax muscles. This terpene can make a strong case for the munchies, so overall it assists with nausea and acts as an appetite stimulant.
Linalool is also said to help strengthen the immune system against the destructive effects of stress. Stress causes a shift in the distribution of white blood cells in the body which in turn means cells in the immune system. However, majority of research into Linalool is the effects that it has on the brain. Within a few studies Linalool is said to block the receptors for Glutamate, the primary excitatory brain chemical, which has anti-epileptic properties. Linalool has also been said to reduce the signaling strength of Acetylcholine, a brain chemical required for muscle contraction and movement thus helping to relax your muscles. In addition, Linalool also has anesthetic like effects, as mentioned above, and this is done by reducing the transmission of pain signals to the brain!
Lastly, researchers are studying the benefits of Linalool as a treatment for adults with chronic neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease and epilepsy. Linalool was also found to have a non-intoxicating and psychoactive influence on multiple neurotrophic and inflammatory signals in the brain. So overall this protects the brains cell mitochondria from oxidative stress, which can lead to pathological conditions such as Alzheimer’s.