Terpene Spotlight: Linalool
Terpenes are the primary components that make up essential oils. They have been around and used for thousands of years. "Essential oils are the aromatics extracted from plants; they are the regenerating, oxygenating, and immune defense properties of plants. They are very powerful antioxidants that provide a wide variety of distinct health benefits depending on the plant from which the oil was distilled."
Cannabis plants have a wide variety of known terpenes that are instrumental to the physiological and psychoactive effects of the plant when used. Paired with cannabinoids when using the plant, is known as the "entourage effect." It can produce a multitude of effects. Limonene is known to be uplifting and present in sativa varieties,while linalool is known for its calming and sedative effects.
Linalool is a terpene found in rosewood, bergamot, coriander, rose, jasmine, lavender, and many Indica-dominant hybrids of cannabis. It brings about a soothing presence and the floral aroma is often used to scent soaps and perfumes. Cannabis strains like Lavender, Grand Daddy Purple, or Berry White tend to have a higher amount of linalool. The floral notes are a giveaway that it may be present in the cannabis flower, just in case you're seeking this specific terpene out. Linalool is an effective anxiety and stress reliever, and has also been used as an analgesic and anti-epileptic. An old remedy for insomnia includes applying lavender essential oils to the bottom of your feet before going to bed.
Information courtesy of Marijuana.com and SC Labs.