Terpene Highlight: Linalool

“It’s definitely safe to say that linalool is my favorite terpene.”

– Kayla Fioravanti
Founder + Chief Formulator at Ology Essentials
For those that need a terpene refresher…
The cannabis plant is not only rich with phytocannabinoids, but also terpenes. The terpenes in cannabis are responsible for the scent profile of each strain, and the terpene profile and ratios vary from one cannabis strain to another.
There are over 200 terpenes in the cannabis plant, but there are only a handful that make up the majority of the hemp products we typically see. These include Beta-Myrcene, Limonene, Linalool, Caryophyllene, Alpha-Pinene, Alpha-Bisabolol, and Humulene.
Today, we are taking a look at our Chief Formulator’s favorite terepene – Linalool. Why is Linalool her favorite? Well, because of it’s aroma is commonly associated with lavender – Kayla’s favorite flowering plant and essential oil!

Linalool's Aroma

There two types of linalool – there is (R)-linalool and (S)-linalool. (R)-linalool gives off  a woody, lavender-like smell that can be found in essential oils like rose, lavender, laurel and sweet basil. (S)-linalool’s aroma is often described as sweet and floral with a touch of citrus and is found in oils like coriander and sweet orange. These different variations of linalool can be found in approximately 200 types of plants!

Potential Benefits

It’s not hard to understand why so many plants contain linalool. Linalool is known to act as an anti-microbial – protecting plants from harmful micro-organisms. This property can be seen as a potential benefit for humans, as well.

Linalool, in the form of lavender, has been used as a sedative in traditional medicine for centuries. In fact, linalool has been shown to reduce levels of anxiety and help promote a healthy response to stress.

Studies also indicate that linalool has promising anti-inflammatory properties – helping ease the bodies reaction to injury, illness or tension.

Formulating with Linalool in Mind

Kayla loves to find Linalool in the chemical composition of any plant material that she has to work with while formulating. She says, “Linalool blends well with others, it brings a hint of relaxation to the party I’m creating in a beaker, and can always be depended on as an all-in-one terpene capable of doing great things alone but even more so working synergistically with other components.”

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