Terpene Glossary

Chemical Properties

Flash Point: 174°F/78.8°C
Boiling Point: 388.4°F/198°C
Color: Colorless to very pale yellow
Odor: Spicy and Floral
Cas#: 78 - 70 - 6
Molecular Formula: C10H18O

Therapeutic Benefits

Analgesic: Pain relief
Antidepressant: Relieves symptoms of depression
Anti-epileptic: Reduces seizures and convulsions
Anti-inflammatory: Reduces inflammation
Antipsychotic: tranquilizing effects reduce symptoms of psychosis
Anxiolytic: Relieves anxiety
Sedative: Promotes sleep

About Linalool

Linalool is one of the most recognizable aromas of all the terpenes.1 Linalool is a common terpene found in cannabis but is also naturally occurring in many flowers and spice plants. Over 200 species of plants produce linalool, but it’s best known for giving lavender its distinctive flavor and aroma. Linalool is found mainly in the families Lamiaceae (mint and other herbs), Lauraceae (laurels, cinnamon, rosewood), and Rutaceae (citrus fruits), but also birch trees and other plants from tropical to boreal climate zones.2 It’s even been found in some fungi.

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Linalool molecule

A natural relaxant, linalool is often used in aromatherapy as a sleep aid and has been utilized as a treatment for anxiety for thousands of years. Linalool exhibits calming and sedative effects when inhaled, along with lower aggression and higher social engagement. Linalool has been linked to a variety of health benefits3 including analgesic, anxiolytic, sedative, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, and antibacterial effects.

Linalool makes up a significant portion of lavender essential oil, which has reported anti-agitation and antidepressant effects,4 most likely due to its activity on the NMDA receptor. Linalool is also crucial in the production of Vitamin E in the body.

Linalool is used as a scent in up to 80% of perfumed hygiene products and cleaning agents, including soaps, detergents, shampoos, and lotions. Linalool extract can be applied directly to the skin or inhaled.  Additionally, linalool is used by pest professionals as a flea, fruit fly, and cockroach insecticide and some mosquito-repellent products.

Some well-known cannabis strains containing high levels of linalool are Amnesia Haze, Special Kush, Lavender, LA Confidential, and OG Shark.

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