Terpene of the Month: Linalool

Linalool is a relaxing terpene that can be described floral, similar to lavender, with a hint of spice, possibly due to the aroma created when mixed with myrcene. This pungent terpene can also be found in lavender, mint, cinnamon, and coriander. The sedating effects of linalool make it extremely beneficial for patients suffering from anxiety, insomnia or seeking relation. Those seeking pain relief have also turned to this terpene, as it causes an increase in adenosine levels in the brain.  Patients have also found linalool helpful for arthritis, depression, seizures, and cancer. In addition, linalool is antimicrobial, which may be why so many plants produce it. Linalool is of great interest to the research community, as well. Studies using mice have even shown that linalool can help protect your body from the chemical effects of stress. A 2016 study used a linalool treatment to successfully reverse some of the impairments of Alzheimer’s disease in mice. Lavender, Master Kush, and Amnesia Haze are some strains with high linalool profiles.

Linalool is not specific to cannabis and can be found in over 200 types of food. In fact, even when excluding cannabis, the average person consumes two grams of linalool per year.