Terpene Profiles: Linalool, Cannabis’s Stress-Fighting Medicine
Terpenes aren’t the only plant compounds found in the cannabis plant, nor are they the only “active ingredients” contained in this incredible and unique botanical family. But here at ECO Cannabis, we believe they’re one of the most important determinants of a particular cannabis plant’s essential character.
Not only do terpenes give each of those plants its distinctive flavor and aroma, but all those terpenes—there are over 200 of them!—have medical attributes as well, bringing their own unique healing to the table, both alone and in collaboration with others.
One of the most important and effective of these is linalool, the focus of today’s post. In addition to being—let’s just face it—kind of fun to say out loud a bunch of times, linalool has powerful stress-fighting characteristics, a quality also evident in another plant in which it occurs: Lavender. Let’s learn a bit more about this very distinctive, complex, and floral terpene!
What Does Linalool Do For Us?
We humans have known since ancient times that inhaling the scent of lavender, a unique and uniquely beautiful herb native to the Mediterranean region—and an essential ingredient in the southern French herb blend Herbes de Provence—has a marked and calming effect.
And we’re not the only animals to experience this. A rodent-based study found that even rats benefit from linalool’s stress-reducing qualities.
We already accumulate linalool from other sources, such as food. Even those who abstain from cannabis typically consume about two grams a year. There’s no harm in this; linalool dissipates relatively quickly and unlike cannabinoids, isn’t stored in our fatty tissues.
In addition to reducing stress, linalool has other real-world applications such as:
Anti-Depressant: Stress and depression are closely related, and in another rodent-based study, researchers found that the terpene helped mice reduce depression-like behavioral signifiers and pushed them to continue trying to escape otherwise threatening or fatal situations in which they were placed (like forced swimming).
Anti-Microbial: Like some other terpenes, linalool has the potential to fight infections, an especially important use in an era of otherwise drug-resistant microbes.
Pain Relief: Linalool exhibits a wide range of effects on our central nervous system, helping regulate brain chemicals such as adenosine and glutamate. But in one particularly fascinating study, patients who had recently undergone gastric banding surgery demonstrated a marked decrease in their reliance on opioid painkillers.
How to Get Linalool from Cannabis
Linalool is one of the “primary terpenes,” and it’s highly abundant in cannabis. A distinct lavender-like scent is a good tip-off to a high linalool content. Strains that feature linalool include:
Lavender: No surprise a strain named after nature’s most recognizable source of linalool would contain a hefty dose of it! Lavender is highly relaxing, with moderate sleepy and euphoric effects as well.
LA Confidential: Another calming and often sleepy-feeling strain, like Lavender, it’s savored as a highly relaxing experience and a strong pain-fighter as well.
Amnesia Haze: As the name suggests, this strain may inspire deep forgetfulness! With a notably euphoric onset, the generally happy, uplifted and relaxed effects make this a venerable and well-loved cannabis strain.
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