Better Know a Terpene: Linalool.
Found In: Lavender, Sweet Basil, Rosewood
Flavor: Floral, Spicy
Effect: Calming, Relaxed, Sleepy
Linalool is extremely common in the plant world, found in over 200 types of plants. It's also very common in the human world, being one of the major terpenes used in perfumed products such as soap, shampoo, detergents and lotions. In fact, Linalool is used in over half of scented products.
But Linalool doesn't just smell really great–it has some unique and powerful health benefits as well.
Linalool can be an effective relaxant.
In a 2010 study, Linalool was found to increase social interaction in mice and decrease aggressive behavior. But what's even more promising is that the relaxing abilities of Linalool can potentially combat the negative effects of stress on your body. The effects of Linalool inhalation on rats were quantified through the measurement of blood cells and gene expression. Significant changes of stress-induced variants were found in these measurements, specifically 115 gene expression levels were affected. 109 genes were down-regulated while six were up-regulated, suggesting that Linalool can reduce the stress-induced effects on our blood cells and gene expression. We all know how much stress can negatively impact our health, so studies like these are encouraging, especially when the positive impact is from natural sources like Linalool or cannabis.
Amazingly, Linalool has been shown to have neuroprotective properties. Rats were dosed with Acrylamide, a neurotoxic that can harm the central and peripheral nervous system in both humans and animals. When given ACR, the gait of the rats became noticeably abnormal, but when treated with Linalool these gait abnormalities were significantly lessened. Linalool was found to be most effective when administered prior to or in conjunction with the ACR.
Linalool is even being studied as a potential treatment for Alzheimers, a neurodegenerative age-related disease that is still lacking any effective treatment. Old mice suffering from the effects of Alzheimers were treated with 25 mg/kg of Linalool every 48 hours for three months. The mice exhibited improved learning, spatial memory and risk assessment. The anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties of Linalool may indeed benefit humans suffering from this destructive disease too.
And while it may be too soon to tell exactly how much this terpene can positively impact human health, there's no doubt Linalool and cannabis have powerful synergistic healing properties. It also smells really lovely.
Chemistry Products Containing Linalool:
Blood Orange Kush