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Terpene Spotlight: Linalool

You’ve become more than just the casual cannabis consumer, lately you feel like you’d even consider yourself, a cannasuier. The word terpene is more than familiar to you now, you know that terpenes are the delicious scents that make plants from cannabis to roses smell the way they do, and how they work with other cannabinoids to elevate your cannabis experience and provide the entourage effect. You’ve stopped asking your patient consultant what THC percentage is in each strain, and instead are ready to look at that terp profile. But do you know the nuances between the endless amount of terpenes? Can you name the terpenes you love by smell? Say no more, we have you covered. Today we’re going to focus on one of the chillest terpenes out there: linalool.

Which strains are heavy in linalool?

Linalool is predominantly found in Indica strains, as well as Indica dominant hybrids. Some well known strains that pack a heavy linalool punch, featuring it as one of the main terpenes are: Do-Si-Dos, Zkittlez, Ice Cream Cake, and Amnesia Haze. It is also a secondary terpene in a variety of strains, including crowd favorite LA Confidential. A good tip at quickly being able to identify strains when you’re in the shop is by looking at the strain cards that accompany the display buds. They will list the testing and dominant terpenes present in each strain.

How can I tell if a strain has linalool?

The ultimate way to identify any terpene is through the nose. The scent of linalool is best classified as both spicy and floral. It has a bit of mild sweetness with a bite to it! A good secondary tell is going to be it’s taste, which also is going to remind you of flowers with a slip of spiciness like graham marsala. You can also utilize websites like Leafly, that give you breakdowns of each strain and the percentage of terpenes present. Also, if mosquitos are leaving you alone while you’re enjoying a certain strain, it’s probably because linalool is a natural mosquito repellant! 

What are the medical benefits of linalool?

One of the most popular reasons for having a linalool preference is its sedative effects and antiinflammatory properties. It relaxes the mind and body and is thus ideal for individuals with anxiety or ADHD. Unlike most terpenes, linalool is not dependent on bioavailability. It is not absorbed into muscles or fat within the body, and instead exits quickly after inhalation. However, it has antimicrobial benefits, meaning there is a large body of evidence that suggests it works to prevent colonisation of bacteria. A quick clean sweep! There is also a growing body of research surrounding its potential benefits in behavioral disorders, as well as alzheimers.

Where else is linalool present?

Linalool is most known for its role in lavender and making lavender smell the way it does. Is it no surprise that lavender is known for the way its aroma triggers relaxation and calm? That’s the linalool! It is also infamous in birch wood. That “certain smell” that immediately came to mind is the linalool! A little known other place linalool can be found is in fungi. Like cannabis, mycology has shown us that mushrooms have a laundry list of medicinal benefits, and terpenes certainly play a role!

The easiest way to remember linalool, is to think “linalool is in lavender!” While there are an endless number of terpenes, this one is a frequent flyer in many cannabis strains, and is well loved by many. Next time you’re in the shop, check out the dominant terpenes in our flower products, and consider making your selection based off of this floral terpene that brings calm to everyone it comes in contact with.