This blog post is one of a series discussing individual terpenes in cannabis strains and what they do for the body. Terpenes are some of the significant beneficial chemicals in cannabis and understanding them can be vital to deciding what cannabis product is right for you. Terpenes recently gained popularity because of the theory of the “entourage effect,” with which terpenes are affiliated.
Linalool is a prevalent terpene found in a variety of plants in addition to cannabis. Lavender, mint, cinnamon, citrus fruits, and birch trees all contain linalool. Even people who don’t use any cannabis products consume up to two grams of this terpene every year just in their food. Linalool has a distinctive lavender scent with a hint of spiciness, and the aroma is thought to be linked to a feeling of improved mood and relaxation.
What Are the Benefits of Linalool?
One significant benefit of linalool is that it has powerful anti-stress and anxiety effects. It is also thought that linalool improves sleep since it has a marked soothing impact on the body and its senses. It is widely believed that the compound has been used for this purpose in ancient medicine for thousands of years. Additionally, it is found in many plants attributed to traditional pharmacology.
Another major benefit to linalool is that it has significant pain-relieving effects, like many other terpenes. This could be a result of its link to acetylcholine, which is a brain chemical related to muscle contraction and movement. Linalool has been shown to reduce the signaling strength of this chemical, which is thought to relieve muscle pain. Pain relief could also come from linalool’s ability to raise adenosine levels, which is a brain chemical that contributes to sedation and pain relief.
This terpene has also shown promise as an anti-epileptic. While traditional pharmaceuticals have previously been the only answer to seizures, linalool has been shown to reduce the chemicals in the brain involved with muscle contraction. Other studies have also shown it to be promising as an anticonvulsant when used to treat seizures.
A 2016 study has also had exciting results for support of those suffering from Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s is a progressive condition caused by a buildup of plaque in the brain, which leads to degeneration.
If you’re looking to get more linalool in your system, there are a few ways to go about it. One specific cannabis strain, called Fire OG, has a more substantial amount of linalool than others. If you’re looking for a non-cannabis product, look for essential oils with linalool, which are generally used for aromatherapy. Additionally, you can ingest linalool through foods like cinnamon or citrus fruits.