Terpene Spotlight: Linalool
“…for it is not to a wedding we are bound, but to go round the world, and play at give and take with giants and dragons and monsters, and hear hissings and roarings and bellowings and howlings; and even all this would be lavender, if we had not to reckon with Yanguesans and enchanted Moors.” – Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
Linalool is a common terpene, found not only in cannabis but in many other plants, notably lavender. Even as far back as 1607, when Don Quixote was published, lavender was known to have calming properties. Four hundred years later we have the research to prove that and so much more. Linalool is widely used in both hygiene and cleaning products: up to 80% of those products contain linalool. Unfortunately, many people are allergic to the oxidized form that can occur in many commercial products; that allergy frequently shows itself in the form of eczema and contact dermatitis. Despite these risks, the pure form of linalool has a host of therapeutic uses.
Therapeutic Uses of Linalool
- Aid in treating leukemia and lymphoma
- It may also aid in the treatment of breast cancer and both kidney disease and melanoma.
- There’s also evidence that it may reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s disease in mice through its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Its usefulness as an anti-inflammatory may help mitigate some of the lung inflammation caused by smoking.
- Has well-documented antimicrobial properties, which is one of the reasons it’s so frequently used in personal care products.
- Inhaling linalool has also been shown to reduce stress in mice and it’s been used as a calming agent in folk remedies for centuries.
Cannabis Strains High in Linalool
Several cannabis strains have significant quantities of linalool, but this varies with growing conditions. If you’re looking for a specific terpene, look for cannabis that’s been tested and had its terpene contents analyzed.
- Amnesia Haze
- LA Confidential
- Master Kush
- Pink Kush
- OG Shark
- Grape Ape
- Deep Purple
- Grand Daddy Purple
Other sources of Linalool
- Bay leaves
How to Eat More Linalool
Recipe from The Kitchn
- 1/2 cup packed fresh parsley leaves
- 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
- 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Combine the parsley, basil, cilantro, olive oil, garlic, vinegar, lime juice, coriander, cumin, salt, and pepper in a blender. Process, shaking the blender if needed, until smooth, 2 to 3 minutes.
Chimichurri, with its basil, cilantro, and coriander has several ingredients that are high in linalool. It’s commonly served with grilled red meat, but it can also be used as a marinade or a condiment. You could increase the linalool content by adding some raw cannabis leaves to your chimichurri.