Terpene Truths: It’s Linalool, Fools!

Just kidding. You lot are brilliant.
Leafly

Have you ever taken a calm and relaxing lavender-scented bubble bath? Or found yourself obsessed with a new detergent you used? Thank the linalool, baby. The aromatic terpene you may be familiar with by following your nose to a garden near you is also a prevalent one in most cannabis plants. Oh, and it has major therapeutic value.

Although it reminds most people of lavender, the terpene also has a hint of spiciness to it. According to Leafly, even if you don’t smoke, the average person consumes over two grams of linalool each year through food alone. It’s around. So what does that mean for you?

For one, linalool doesn’t just chill in your system as it is metabolized rapidly. More importantly, it’s known for it’s anti-inflammatory and sedative abilities. According to The Stain Print, “a study revealed that a combination of the terpenes limonene and linalool and the cannabinoid cannabigerol (CBG) is helpful in treating MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus), the most treatment-resistant form of staph infection.” The combination of CBD, linalool, and limonene has also been explored to see how it combats skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema.

Linalool is also sought out by athletes as a performance enhancer for faster recovery. Can’t sleep? Linalool is also used to help insomniacs catch a couple of Z’s. A study published in 2015 found that linalool can be used to treat a tobacco smoker’s damaged lungs from years of abuse and noted it’s “anti-cancer properties.” And a 2016 study found that the terpene reverses the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s. Holy miracles and memory! Those who suffer from an opiod addiction are most likely to recover from the treatment of linalool. The powerful terpene also soothes all things pain as it reduces the excitability of spinal cells that tell that brain to cause it.

Now that you know how dope linalool is, you’re probably wondering which strains contain it? Well, thank baby Jesus for Google. Or if your local dispensary is carrying Dos-Si-Dos, Scooby Snacks, or Granddaddy Purp, cop that!

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