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If there’s a Mount Rushmore of terpenes, or a hall of fame of fragrant chemical compounds, Linalool is a first-ballot inductee. It’s among the most well-known of terpene isolates in cannabis and is found in most strains of the plant. It’s also the primary terpene found in lavender but is common to over 200 different plants. The soothing violet scent is a clean floral aroma with a slight citrus impression. Both refreshing and relaxing. For many, the scent of linalool brings them to a blooming June field of lavender stretching out to the horizon, imbuing the world with a fresh purple aroma.
Linalool has a floral aroma similar to lavender with a touch of spiciness that lends to its many commercial applications in creams and oils. It’s commonly used as a sleep-aid and a way to unwind, relax, and decompress, particularly after a long, stressful day. One of the most common ways to ingest linalool is through inhalation of lavender oils containing the aromatic compound. Consider spraying a bit on your pillow before you go to sleep, or putting the isolate into an air diffuser to feel the diverse array of benefits this calming compound has to offer!
Inflammation is the symptom of countless disorders and can be the cause of great discomfort. Linalool is useful for dampening overactive responses to injury, sickness, and both acute and chronic ailments.
In one study, scientists treated edema in rats with essential oils containing linalool. Plus, research suggests it may help block pain signals to the brain. According to this study, linalool inhibits inflammation both in vitro and in vivo, and may be a potential therapeutic candidate for the treatment of inflammatory diseases.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 450 million people in the world have suffered mental, neurological, or behavioral problems at some time in their life.
Luckily, researchers focusing on plants and their derivatives uncovered potential therapeutic benefits for terpenes like linalool when used to treat diseases of the central nervous system.
Epilepsy is one of these diseases. It's a group of disorders characterized by recurrent spontaneous seizures, and about 1–2% of the world's population struggles with them. Up until recently, pharmacological solutions seemed to be the only answer to these symptoms.
But researchers found linalool-present in plants that may help reduce seizures and convulsions by reducing the activity of brain chemicals involved in muscle contraction. A study on anticonvulsant activity of linalool in 2010 deemed linalool “very powerful in its anticonvulsant quality” when used to treat seizures brought on by trans-corneal electroshock.
Linalool is so prevalent in today’s society that the average person who does not smoke cannabis consumes two grams of it annually. As linalool and other terpenes rise in popularity, that figure will only continue to grow.
All around this compound is more than a clean-smelling terpene isolate found in lavender. It heals, it restores, calms, and relieves. Its profound physiological effects should be utilized by us in a micro and macro scale. If your’e looking for more all-natural, non pharmaceutical relief to insomnia, inflammation, anxiety, among other ailments. Consider adding this lavender compound into your life!
There are tons of ways to implement this terpene into your life.
When people think of terpenes, often cannabis is closely connected. However, there are dozens of ways to infuse terpenes into your life without the use of cannabis (although the plant is an excellent way to consume them).
The simplest and arguably the most effective way is through direct inhalation. Put them in an air diffuser or an air humidifier (which has a slot for essential oils), and not only will you reap the benefits of the isolate, but also your room will smell like a fresh lavender field!
Linalool can be used in the culinary world as well! 1-2 drops in a 500mL/16 oz serving of water is enough to taste the delicious aroma of the isolate. Make sure your terpene isolates are food-grade, and natural as well!
Most popularly used as a sleep aid, linalool is a great isolate to drip onto your pillowcase or stuffed animal before bed. Make sure to do a patch test (a drop on your wrist) before contacting it directly with your skin to avoid any adverse skin reactions.
However, most people who come into direct contact with this lavender terpene, is with cannabis and cannabis concentrates.
Terpenes have traditionally been thought to merely contribute to the subjective experience of cannabis by enriching its aroma and flavor. More recently, terpenes gained attention from the emergence of the “entourage effect,” which proposes that cannabis’ therapeutic benefits are improved by the addition of multiple cannabinoids and terpenes compared to single cannabinoids on their own. This suggests that terpenes may modulate the strength of the individual cannabinoids on brain and body targets. But the entourage effect doesn’t preclude direct actions of the terpenes themselves on different targets in the body.
Many people use lavender to cure their flower, others drip lavender directly onto their cannabis or joint, while some even smoke the plant (do so at your own risk).
Linalool is an excellent isolate to include in concentrates, not only for its above mentioned physical effects, but also for its clean taste and fast-acting effect.
Not surprisingly... most of cannabis strains packed with linalool are Indicas. Indicas are known for their sedative, "in da couch" effects which are favored by some cannabis users before bedtime. Following are strain blends with prominent amounts of linalool in their terpene profile.
Note: Concentrations of limonene in above mentioned strains are from our own independent testing. Terpene content is variable to change from each plant. Dozens of factors like humidity, sunlight, precipitation, and so on can impact and alter the concentration of specific isolates within the plant, so these figures are general estimations and are in no way permanently defined.
Research is still being done on terpenes, cannabinoids, and similarly related compounds. There is insufficient evidence to claim limonene will heal you, but it may provide much needed temporary relief, or a momentary brightening boost in mood. Always remember to speak with a doctor before using limonene for a medical purpose, and never use it in place of something your doctor recommends or prescribes.
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