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What is Linalool?

Linalool is another common terpene found in cannabis. It's known for its smell. Often found in concentration in strains such as Zkittles. This terpene has some unusual uses. Read on to find out more. Few cannabis strains contain high levels of linalool; it rarely breaks into a strain’s top three most abundant terpenes. But below, you’ll find a few strains featuring linalool as its third most abundant terpene.

Where Does Linalool Come From?

Linalool is commonly found in over 200 plants.


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The Linalool Flavor Profile

Linalool has complex odor and flavor properties. Its odor is similar to flora or spicy wood. It has a light, citrus-like flavor, sweet with a spicy tropical accent.

Common Uses

Linalool is used as a scent in 60% to 80% of perfumed hygiene products and cleaning agents, including soaps, detergents, shampoos, and lotions. It exhibits antimicrobial and antifungal properties. In addition, linalool is used as an insecticide against flea, fruit fly, and cockroach.

What Are The Benefits of Linalool?

Conferring more than just strong sedative properties, research shows linalool to supply the following medical benefits.

  • Stress relief.

  • Anticonvulsant.

  • Antidepressant.

  • Muscle relaxant.

Drawbacks of Linalool

Linalool has become pervasive in past decades. Concerns have been raised as to it's toxicity in high concentration. Linalool is a “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) substance approved by the FDA as a direct food additive (synthetic flavoring substance) for human and animal consumption.

How Much Linalool Should I Take?

Currently there are no recommendations on the dosage of Linalool. It's recommended you contact your doctor and start with small doses, working your way towards a larger dose.

Linalool and the Entourage Effect

When CBD interacts with linalool and limonene (another terpene), they combine to fight acne, treat other skin conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, and reduce anxiety. In another example, you may have a strain that combines linalool, THC, and cannabinol (CBN). When working together, these compounds enhance the strain’s soothing effects to help you sleep better.

The Take-Away

Linalool is the smell good terpene. It's been in heavy use for decades. Research indicates that it is "generally recognized as safe". There are no current dosage guidelines. It's benefits shine when consumed with other bioactive compounds commonly found in cannabis. Linalool is a powerhouse terpene.


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