Terpene Thursday: Linalool
The role and importance of terpenes within the cannabis plant is becoming more recognized and established each and every day. Terpenes are not cannabinoids such as THC or CBD (even though Caryophyllene sometimes can act as one), hence why they may have been overlooked for so many years.
For a long time, terpenes were viewed only as aroma and flavor agents to the cannabis plant, without much consideration to their contribution to the overall effects felt from specific strains. However, as scientists were able to isolate cannabinoids, they noted that the overall effects on the body were not as potent or medically effective without cannabis terpenes present. This is called the “entourage effect”, in which all of the components of the cannabis plant work in synergy to amplify each other’s effects, making the overall plant more effective in treating unwanted medical symptoms. To learn more about terpenes, click here.
So far we have looked at the terpenes Myrcene, Beta-Caryophyllene, Limonene. Today we go into more detail about the terpene Linalool.
Like many terpenes, Linalool is not specific to cannabis. Its characteristic lavender scent with a hint of spiciness is common to over 200 types of plants. It’s actually so common that even those who don’t use cannabis end up consuming over two grams of Linalool each year through their food.
Linalool is common among so many plants because it has strong anti-microbial properties that are protective for the plants and represent a potential therapeutic use in people. Linalool is a common compound used in traditional medicine practices for its sedative and anti-epileptic properties. Linalool can act as an effective anti-inflammatory which may help with the underlying causes of many chronic pain conditions including arthritis and fibromyalgia, and may have anti-epileptic properties that have the potential help with seizures and convulsions. A study published in the Journal of Phytomedicine also showed that Linalool acts as an analgesic that can aid in pain management, which could help patients to reduce their reliance on opioid medication. According to a study conducted with mice, those exposed to linalool vapors also showed reduced levels of anxiety and lower depression-like behaviors.
Although there are precautions against using synthetic Linalool and Linalool that has been oxidized, naturally occurring Linalool (such as in cannabis) can have a number of benefits from soothing irritated skin to calming down a rash. For patients who have issues with their skin, a topical containing a high Linalool content may be beneficial.
The beneficial effects of THC, CBD, and terpenes such as Linalool are mutually enhanced by each other. The cannabinoids themselves are anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, sedative and analgesic. The subtle interactions between these compounds can be felt by the patient soon after consumption.
For more information about Linalool, visit Leafly.com.