Terpene Isolates 101: Linalool
Updated: Feb 21, 2020
If you're just getting started with terpenes, odds are you're wondering how each isolate can be used. Terpene isolates can be used in hemp, CBD, and cannabis products as well as concentrates, vapes, and even in foods, beverages, and aromatherapy infusions. This week, we're diving deeper into the calming and floral-scented terpene isolate, Linalool - known for its nervous system targeting and cell modulating properties.
Linalool Terpene Isolates
Linalool is the fragrant, floral terpene with a small hint of spiciness found in over 200 different types of plants, including cannabis. Linalool is so common that in an average year, each person will consume over two whole grams of Linalool through eating ordinary herbs, spices, fruits, and vegetables. While many delicious herbs contain Linalool, most plants with high concentrations of Linalool smell tremendous but taste terrible to pests. Because of this, Linalool is a more effective mosquito repellant than citronella candles outdoors.
While Linalool is found in high concentrations in plants like lavender, coriander, and basil, it isn't too abundant in cannabis plants. In fact, few strains contain more than 1% Linalool. There are no known strains that have Linalool as the most abundant terpene in their terpene profiles. There are a few strains that do contain it, though, including Zkittlez and Do Si Dos, though Linalool is only their 3rd most abundant terpene.
Linalool is most commonly used in the form of essential oils as a gentle calming and relaxing agent that helps reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety. It also has sedative, pain-relieving, anti-microbial, and anti-epileptic properties. Most interestingly, Linalool leaves the body quickly and doesn't accumulate in body cells like cannabinoids and other terpenes, which are stored in fatty body and brain tissues.
Benefits of Linalool Terpene Isolate
Linalool offers a variety of fantastic health benefits and a lot of potential for possible effects. Studies have shown that terpenes directly affect our brains by modulating the way our brain cells behave. Linalool can also boost the effectiveness of other cannabinoids and terpenes in a phenomenon known as the entourage effect.
Like many terpenes, Linalool also offers relief from pain. It does this by modulating the way our brain reacts to the signal of physical pain by lowering the amount of acetylcholine in our muscles. However, it goes a step further by relaxing the pain transmitters found in our spinal cords, creating a sedative, anesthetic effect.
Many plants produce Linalool as a way to fight off insects and plant-bourne pathogens since it's an anti-microbial terpene. However, it's useful for people too! Linalool can modulate how active other anti-microbial compounds are within the body. It's frequently added to anti-microbial skin creams and cleaning products for the same reason.
Linalool's most obvious benefit is its anti-anxiety and anti-stress properties. When inhaled, studies have shown that Linalool vapors reduce anxious and depressed behaviors in both people and mice. It's a good thing, too, since stress can destroy your immune system. When we're under a lot of stress and feeling anxious or depressed, our white blood cells fluctuate, compromising our immune system. Linalool can prevent this fluctuation by activating the body's parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for rest and digestion. Similarly, Linalool blocks receptors for glutamate, which can help with the symptoms of epilepsy, including seizures.
As a natural sedative, studies have shown that Linalool can help you fall asleep and stay asleep, allowing you to feel refreshed the next morning, too. In the same way, Linalool can modulate anti-microbials and body systems; Linalool can also enhance other sedatives like pentobarbital, which also ties into the terpene's anti-seizure properties.
Finally, the most exciting benefit of Linalool is the potential for its use as a treatment for Alzheimer's disease. The severe brain degeneration caused by the disease causes severe memory loss and cognitive impairment, and currently, there is no cure or effective treatment. A study in 2016 targeted Linalool as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's after it reversed the cognitive and behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer's disease in mice. It also reduced the total number of the tangles and plaques that define the disease and contribute to brain deterioration found in their brains.
Natural Sources of Linalool Isolate
TLDR; Benefits of Linalool
Relaxes blood vessels
Protects nerve cells
Effectively inhibits rogue cells
Aids lipid (cholesterol, triglyceride) balance.
Supports a normal inflammatory response
Modulates mood and helps one cope with stress.
Common uses for Linalool isolate terpenes
Linalool, as a possible treatment for Alzheimer's and epilepsy, is becoming interesting within the public eye. These studies, along with studies supporting its effectiveness as a pain reliever, anti-anxiety, and anti-depressant, are encouraging more and more research to be conducted. However, most people use Linalool daily. Whether through your favorite herbs and spices or through a diffuser, Linalool smells great and works wonders within your body.
Linalool terpenes can be safely added to all sorts of products to encourage sleepiness, relaxation, and calm. It can safely be eaten, drank, infused, and inhaled with a little bit of mixing. It can also be used to improve cannabis products like vapes and concentrates that may have lost cannabinoid potency or terpene content during extraction.
Add Linalool terpenes to foods and beverages to enjoy the anti-anxiety, pain-relieving, and system modulating properties within the whole body. A few drops in your evening tea tastes gentle and floral and can help you drift off to sleep with ease.
Add Linalool terpenes to essential oil diffusers and aromatherapy infusions to create a sense of calm during meditative bedtime practices like yoga. If you're under a lot of stress, a few drops of Linalool at any time of day can help to take the edge off.
Add Linalool terpenes to concentrates made from strains with higher Linalool content, such as Scooby Snacks, Do Si Dos, and Zkittlez to improve quality, potency, flavor, and effects.
Just keep in mind that not all terpenes are created equal. Different terpenes will always have different effects, but they're not all made the same. We know you have a choice when it comes to terpene providers, but no other choice comes close to our level of quality. At Peak Supply Co, our Linalool terpene isolates are extracted from all-natural food-grade fruit, flower, and nut oils in our state-of-the-art facility. With our proprietary extraction and refinement method, we remove plant materials and any leftover impurities, leaving behind the purest terpene isolates on the market. Best of all, we even offer sample packs so you can try them all!