the apothecarium a recreational and medical cannabis dispensary discuss the basics of linalool

Written by Cameron Klar

Terpenes are the aromatic oils that give each cannabis strain its individual fragrance and taste.  These molecular compounds have also been known to carry an array of medicinal benefits. When combined with other cannabinoids and terpenes, the synergistic healing nature of cannabis truly takes effect but each terpene has unique characteristics of their own.

Linalool is a common cannabis terpene displaying a floral aroma with spicy undertones.  The soothing characteristics of this terpene have been used for centuries, as linalool is commonly found in lavender, in addition to several other flowers and spices.  Linalool is also a critical component in the production of Vitamin E.

Relaxation and stress relief are typical in linalool rich strains.  Also known to carry anti-anxiety, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, linalool can also aid with insomnia due to its sedative nature.  Linalool has a calming effect on the body and mind, acting as a potent muscle relaxer and possible antidepressant and antipsychotic. Cannabis based topicals will often contain linalool due to its soothing nature.

A 2003 study suggests linalool contains powerful analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.  In 2011, a study conducted on linalool as a potential anti-convulsant shows tremendous promise for seizure related disorders.  CBD displays similar anticonvulsant traits, making linalool a vital contributor to the whole plant medicinal effects of cannabis.

As the understanding of cannabinoid and terpene complexities are constantly evolving, linalool’s long well known healing and relaxing effects are certainly worth seeking out when exploring different cannabis strains.  Feel free to ask any of our knowledgeable patient consultants to assist with any questions you may have.


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