What is Linalool?

Written by Jamal Barghouti February 1, 2019
The Plant

In last week’s article, we continued our series on terpenes with ocimene, a terpene known for its sweet and slightly herbaceous fragrance. Today, we’ll discuss linalool, another smelly terpene found in lavender, laurel, rosewood, and cannabis.

What are Terpenes?

As we discussed in this article, terpenes are the aromatic chemical compounds that give cannabis its distinct smell and taste. Terpenes are not unique to cannabis and are found throughout nature; plants with strong fragrances like basil or eucalyptus are also full of terpenes.

Humans have been using terpenes in the form of essential oils for thousands of years. Research suggests that these chemicals interact with receptors in our endocrine, neuroendocrine, and endocannabinoid systems—the systems responsible for homeostasis within the body. Terpenes promote the natural production of chemicals in our bodies, and therefore our overall health, by activating receptors in each of these systems.

What is linalool?

Linalool is a terpene found in lavender, laurel, rosewood, and cannabis, among other things. It is known for its floral and lightly spicy fragrance. As the main constituent of the iconic fragrance of lavender, linalool is one of the most recognizable terpenes in the plant kingdom.

Where can you find linalool?

Linalool can be found in both indicas and sativas, though it is more closely associated with the sedative effects of an indica. Popular strains with high levels of linalool include Amnesia Haze, Pure Kush, and Lavender; however, the concentration of linalool may vary widely from grower to grower. If you’re interested in getting your hands on some linalool, we suggest the Lavender Applicator from Organa Labs.

What are the medical benefits of linalool?

While there is a long medical history of using terpenes in homeopathic treatments, the prohibition of cannabis severely limits the amount of information available for the combined effect of cannabis and linalool. As always, this information is intended solely for educational purposes. If you have serious medical issues, you should reach out to a trusted medical professional.

The Entourage Effect and Total Plant Medicine

Research suggests that the use of pure extracts of any terpene or cannabinoid is not as effective as when they are paired with other terpenes or cannabinoids. These compounds have a synergistic effect, working in tandem to interact with your body’s endocannabinoid system. Studies have shown that consistent use, as well as the use of a variety of terpenes at different potencies, shows better results in the treatment of various symptoms.

Think of it like taking a multivitamin—the increased and consistent levels of vitamins in your immune system promote the overall efficiency of your immune system and will show improvement over time. Similarly, research suggests that consistency of use of cannabinoids and terpenes promotes the overall effectiveness of the endocannabinoid system.


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