If you are a fan of lavender then you are a fan of Linalool! Linalool is one of the most universally used terpenes to help alleviate stress. It can be found within 200 different types of plants, including lavender, lemon, and coriander. Its scent is described as floral with hints of spice.
The Power of Linalool
It’s been said that humans have used linalool since ancient times to help reduce stress levels, fight inflammation, and repel depression/anxiety. A recent study was performed in which lab rats were exposed to a stressful condition while simultaneously inhaling linalool.
Results included that mice exhibited to linalool vapors spend more time in fear-inducing situations, and they’ll continue to work to flee from a seemingly futile situation instead of becoming submissive to the stress. It’s not particularly like testing anxiety and depression in the clinic, but in these well-validated measures, linalool appears to help. Stress is the cause of anxiety and depression, after all.
Other benefits and effects of linalool include acting as a sedative, anti-inflammatory, anti-epileptic, and analgesic. It also contains anti-microbial properties.
There is another study that was done in 2016 to research if linalool is an effective treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. After administering linalool to mice with Alzheimer’s, it reversed many of the cognitive impairments associated with the disease. It also reduced the number of brain plaques and cellular damage that contributed to brain degeneration, which defines the disease.
While linalool still has a long way to go before it makes its way into the clinical field, these studies demonstrating benefits in pain, anxiety, and depression point to the essence of continued investigation into the therapeutic benefits of linalool and other terpenes in cannabis.
Some strains that frequently show high levels of linalool include Lavender, LA Confidential, OG Shark, Pink Kush, Master Kush, and Amnesia Haze.
There are also CBD isolate products that include terpenes, but no THC. If you are someone who likes to dab their dose of CBD, for example, some companies make CBD isolates with added terpenes, known as terpsolate. You can get the benefits of CBD and terpenes without the high!
It’s also important to know there are differences in how terpenes are added to products. Be sure to look for products that include terpenes that are derived from plants. If you live in a state where cannabis is still not fully legalized, chances are the products you are buying don’t have terpenes that are derived from cannabis itself.
Do not worry, as long as the source of the terpenes come from a natural and reliable source, they should be safe and effective regardless.