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What is Linalool? Uses and benefits of this critical terpene

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If you’re considering an MMJ supplement or extract and doing research to figure out which options are the best for you, you’ve likely heard a number of terms thrown around on the regular. Resin. Shatter. CBD. THC. And the big one -- terpenes.

Terpenes are organic compounds possessed by plants including cannabis. They are highly aromatic and responsible for many of the defining properties of specific cannabis strains including the smell and the psychoactive ‘high.’ See our blog for more information on terpenes and how they can benefit you.

Different extracts and products have different terpenes. At Abstrax, our terpene isolates exclusively focus on one terpene, with the Linalool isolate being among the most popular. Let’s break down what Linalool is and why our extract got to be so popular.

What is linalool?

Linalool - It might be a tongue twister, but this terpene has one of the most identified aromas of all the terpenes. Admirers of fine herbs and the daily punter do not even realize that this pleasant odor is known to them. Linalool is the olfactory signature of a number of well-known scents and cosmetic ranges.

Linalool is both a monoterpene alcohol and a colorless liquid, a terpene that is found naturally in many fruits, flowers (including the rose), and spice plants like laurel, tangerine, spearmint, cypress, lemon and ylang-ylang. Linalool is crucial in the release of vitamin E into the body, which makes it a very significant terpene for healthy functioning.

We use linalool as a sedative treatment for anxiety as an analgesic pain-reliever. The most distinctive properties of Linalool are its floral and slightly sweet with just a hint of mint, very reminiscent of lavender. This terpene is commonly used all over the world due to its fragrance and effect.

It is used as a fragrance agent in 60% to 80% of scented hygiene items and cleaning agents including shampoos, shower gels, soaps, lotions and detergents. It is also used as a chemical intermediate and is the principle compound that offers lavender its unmistakable aroma.

Linalool is a major component of essential oils from multiple aromatic species, many of which are utilized traditionally as sedatives, according to the National Library of Medicine. It plays a significant role in creating the distinctive scent in the cannabis. It offers those delightful fragrance that draws you back for more and more, time and time again.

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Chemical properties

Linalool exists in 2 different forms, one termes as the R-linalool and the other known as S-linalool. These 2 are optically active isomers of each another and are known as enantiomers. Both have slight differences in their chemical properties. R-linalool and S-linalool, have different aromas and different properties.  

Other names of Linalool

B-linalool, linaloyl oxide, linalyl alcohol, p-linalool, 3,7-dimethyl-1,6-octadien-3-ol, allo-ocimenol.

Sources

There are actually 2 ways of creating linalool. One way is the natural way in which the linalool is produced. The plant is distillated to extract its essential oil and the linalool is separated out from the other constituents. This is termed as the natural linalool.  

Another method to make linalool is the syntheticone. A quick read-up on Linalool on a site such as Oil Health Benefits shows that the chemical reactions used to make vitamin E also yield linalool at some intermediate stage. This linalool is termed as purely synthetic.

Beyond cannabis, other plants which contain linalool are:

  • Indian bay leaf– Cinnamomum tamala. 
  • Artemisia vulgaris, commonly termes as mugwort.  
  • Some species of cannabis, mainly cannabis sativa and cannabis indica.
  • Evergreen trees like rosewoods and laurels.
Benefits

In addition to its friendly fragrances, Linalool has actually been shown to have a number of positive effects on its host. According to the National Library of Medicine, Linalool is considered to be an excellent:

  • Anxiolytic
  • Sedative
  • Antiepileptic
  • Antidepressant
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Analgesic
  • Antipsychotic

Cannabis strains that are high in Linalool

There are a variety of strains that are high in linalool, including the following:

Amnesia Haze – induces euphoria and sense of excitement.

Lavender – It is high in CBD and induces a sense of happiness and well-being.

LA Confidential - known for “couch-lock”, evokes stimulation and creativity. Users fees lazy, happy and relaxed. 

Purple Kush – gives you an experience of initial disorientation followed by a numbing and calming sensation.

OG Shark – this strain has set high standards with its impressive THC content and earthy and pungent aroma.

Bubble Gum – delicious and bubble-gum candy like flavor which will make you feel euphoric.

Sour Diesel – is a purely cerebral high strain. Experience of dreamy, energized, and relaxed cerebral effect.

Fun Facts about Linalool

  • The ancient Romans and Greeks apparently believed that the fragrance of lavender high in Linalool was soothing to untamed tigers and lions
  • Linalool can be ingested in forms beyond cannabis, and actually eaten in foods such as within a hard candy. So even if cannabis isn’t your jam, you can get your Linalool from candies such as roasted cocoa butter.
  • Linalool is not specific to just cannabis. Its typical lavender fragrance with a hint of earthiness and spiciness is common to over two hundred types of plants. It is so common that even those people who do not use or sniff cannabis end up inhaling and ingesting over 2 grams of linalool every year through edible items. 

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