Linalool | Medical Marijuana | Firefly Medical Cards | MarylandWhat is it?

Linalool is an acrylic, noncyclic monoterpenoid compound commonly found as a major component of essential oils of several aromatic species, many of which are used typically as sedatives. It comes in two main forms which are an R isomer (R-linalool, or licareol) and an S isomer (S-linalool, or coriandrol). It can be found in birch trees, citrus, coriander, laurels, lavender, and rosewood. It is commonly extracted from basil (Ocimum basilicum), lavender (Lavandula spp.), neroli oil (Citrus aurantium), and rose (Rosa ssp.). It is known for its anxiolytic (anti-anxiety), calming effects.

Where is it found?

Occurring in over 200 plants such as cannabis, citrus fruit, and lavender, linalool is one of the most common terpenes, which are smelly plant molecules that are all around us from the air we breathe to the food we eat. While the R isomer is present in the lavender family, the S isomer is expressed in variations of other plants such as coriander and kiwifruit. You can receive the effects of linalool from drinking lavender tea, smelling lavender flowers, and smelling lavender oil. You may also consider purchasing essential oils and using a diffuser to help benefit from this specific terpene in the oil. Its distinct scent effects make linalool a favored ingredient in many cosmetic and skincare products making it frequently used in the creation of many bath bombs, night creams, and perfumes.

How can it help me?

The traditional use of linalool is as a sedative, but it has many other effects that benefit us physiologically. Linalool is known to be one of the best terpenes to treat symptoms such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia. It can be used as an antidepressant, help treat epileptic seizures (anticonvulsant), used to relive pain, and act as a pain desensitizer. In many preclinical studies on rodents, inhaled linalool showed an anxiety reducing and relaxing effect, showed “antidepressant like activity”, and showed to have a sedative effect. Linalool is significant as it is used to produce a variety of alternative fragrant chemicals such as Geraniol and Nerol and is one of the leading compounds involved in the synthesis of Vitamin A and E.

Firefly Medical Cards | Linalool Terpene | Maryland Medical MarijuanaCannabis can relate to linalool in a number of ways, but primarily as a terpene that naturally occurs in the plant. It can represent a significant portion (< 6%) of the essential oil of cannabis. Terpenes are found in the resinous glands of cannabis plants, or trichomes, and contribute to chemovar’s distinct properties. Unlike primary terpenes, such as limonene, myrcene, and pinene, linalool is not generally one of the main terpenes that dominates cannabis chemovar profiles, so it is usually available in trace amounts. Although, many “indica” chemovars may contain high levels of linalool as well as myrcene. The combination of these two monoterpenes conventionally has a sedating effect that may produce a feeling of drowsiness. So the effects of linalool you can get from using cannabis are fairly consistent with the effects of linalool you can get from, for example, inhaling lavender essential oil, though the immediacy of the effects might be different.

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