Terpene Tuesday : Linalool
Linalool is a monoterpene found in over 200 plant species but most commonly found in lavender, mints, and herbs. It is most known for its floral, lavender scent. You might already be familiar with the therapeutic effects of linalool! It’s been used as a natural anxiolytic and anti-inflammatory, in topicals, and in aromatherapy for centuries. Outside of cannabis, studies have shown linalool to have established sedative, antidepressant, anxiolytic, neuroprotective, and immune potentiating effects. Linalool has been shown to improve the immune system’s resilience to stress by activating immune cells and aiding in the production of vitamin E.
While linalool can provide a wide range of benefits for patients, it is most notably recognized for its potential for relaxation and anxiety control. Linalool promotes a calming effect by lowering the body’s stress response. It has been used as a sedative, aid for sleeping disorders, or in the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease. In addition, linalool also serves as an antidepressant, analgesic, anticonvulsant, and anti-inflammatory, making it ideal for a host of conditions. Studies have shown that cannabis strains high in linalool have enhanced anxiolytic effects when paired with other cannabis compounds.