EXPLORING THE CANNABIS TERPENE LINALOOL
Among the many terpenes that are stepping out into the limelight, from behind the curtain of well-known cannabinoids like THC and CBD, Linalool is showing what it has to offer. Science is liking what it sees. Let’s explore this terpene and get to know it better.
A LITTLE ABOUT LINALOOL
Linalool smells flowery and is loved by the perfume and cosmetic industry for this reason and also because it is easily found in over 200 plant species, with cannabis being one. In fact, it is so readily found in other plants that the average person consumes up to 2 grams of Linalool per year without even knowing it.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF LINALOOL?
LINALOOL IS AN ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
This terpene has anti-inflammatory properties that can benefit those with arthritis or other autoimmune diseases that cause flares of pain in the joints, such as MS or Fibromyalgia. Linalool also works to bring rest and relaxing, deep sleep. It has a mild sedative effect and when used in conjunction with phenobarbital, will enhance the effects of relaxation.
LINALOOL IS AN ANALGESIC
Most sweet-smelling plants with Linalool are known for their pain-killing effects as well. Linalool was giving to patients who underwent gastric bypass surgery for weight loss. Prior to using Linalool, 82% of patients required the use of narcotics to bring pain levels down. That number was dropped to half by using Linalool. This is an incredible analgesic impact on patients who would otherwise have had to be prescribed addictive narcotics for their pain.
LINALOOL REDUCES STRESS
In 2016, mice who were exposed to just the vapors of Linalool were able to reduce anxiety and stress levels as tested by researchers. It was found that Linalool actually increases the immune system’s response to stress by not triggering a white blood cell response in the body, which in turn triggers neutrophils in the body and causes reaction to stress by the body in a series of chain reactions that follow. Simply smelling Linalool can reduce stress and anxiety, giving credence to homeopathic aromatherapies.
LINALOOL AND ALZHEIMER’S
Linalool could potentially lead to treatment for Alzheimer’s disease as well. Alzheimer’s is known to cause brain plaque that results in tangled neural networks and causes the degradation of neurons and cerebral tissue in the brain. In this particular study, it was found that Linalool reversed the number of impairments – both cognitive and behavioral – that are associated with Alzheimer’s. The plaque and resulting tangles of the neurons were also reduced and tried to clear up.
Since so very little is still known about Alzheimer’s, this was a very exciting first step in seeing any reversal of this condition for which there is no current cure and is said to be one of the most wicked of diseases in the way that it robs the living of their memories, effectively wiping the slate of the life clean from their mind.