Linalool is another terpene that is found in the cannabis or hemp plant and provides its own host of benefits. Linalool is both floral and spicy in its aromatic profile. This terpene is quite common in a variety of plants, over 200 to be specific. Examples of plants where Linanool can be found include lavender, cinnamon, and coriander and ylang ylang. In fact, this may be one of the most recognizable of the terpenes. It is the main compound responsible for giving lavender its scent!
Linalool has been used in traditional medicine to treat epilepsy and anxiety disorders. This terpene is widely used in fragrances, massage oils and other cosmetics due to its relaxing, calming nature. Linalool can be utilized through topical application to the skin and ingesting through capsules or oils under the tongue.
What are the benefits of Linalool?
Linalool is widely recognized for its calming effects, which leads to a reduction of anxiety and depression. For example, this terpene causes blood pressure and heart rate to decrease as the body does in a resting state. In addition, Linalool can help boost the immune system because of the reduction of stress effects. Immunity will decrease with stress, age and pre-existing illness. The effects of Linalool can reduce the impact on the immune system from sudden bursts of stress and long-term stressors, like depression.
As far as Linalool’s anti-epileptic properties for some forms of epilepsy, this takes place within the brain. Linalool works to block the receptors for a neurotransmitter called glutamate. What does glutamate do? It is a primary excitatory neuron and can be attributed to epileptic seizures. Epileptic seizures occur when there is excessive electrical activity within the neuron networks of the brain. By minimizing the reception of glutamate, the risk of seizures is also reduced.
Linalool also acts as a muscle-relaxer and pain-reliever through its capabilities of reducing another neurotransmitter, acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a brain chemical that is released from nerve cells. Linalool can reduce the strength of the acetylcholine, which controls muscle contraction and movement. As far as being a pain reliever, Linalool again reduces the activation of spinal cord cells that send pain signals to the brain.
Why use CBD products containing Linalool?
CBD, a cannabinoid, is anti-inflammatory, anxiolytic, sedative and analgesic in its own right. As explained above, the Linalool terpene possesses the same relief qualities as CBD. Combining the two compounds further enhances the relief and effects of the duo. This is known as the “entourage effect,” which is coined by Dr. Ethan Russo to describe the synergy found by whole plant medicine.
For example: Cannabidiol (CBD) is also known to be an anti-epileptic; so together, people with certain forms of epilepsy may receive double the benefit by using a products containing CBD and Linalool. Another example is that both compounds are anti-microbial, which gives the body two ways to combat fungal and bacterial infections.