- TERPENE GUIDE -
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Linalool is a very floral terpene, found naturally in flowers like lavender and rose, and herbs like basil and coriander. It is the main component of lavender essential oil, which has long been praised as a calming agent in aromatherapy, and a healing agent as a wound treatment. In lab tests of over 40 different terpenes, Linalool proved to be the most sedative upon inhalation, as well as provide relief from stress, anxiety, and depression when inhaled. Linalool can be very active
against pain by targeting inflammation, desensitizing pain perception, and acting as a local anesthetic. Linalool has demonstrated the ability to reduce seizures and convulsions, by calming the nervous system. The mechanism behind Linalool’s ability to offer relief from stress, sleeplessness, pain and convulsions is the regulation of our glutamate and GABA neurotransmitter systems. Glutamate is the most critical of all the neurotransmitters for healthy brain function and it is an excitatory neuron meaning it encourages nerve impulse firing. GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter, meaning it discourages the firing of nerve impulses, thereby decreasing brain activity, allowing for relaxation. Linalool is a neuroprotective antioxidant in its ability to regulate glutamate toxicity, which can lead to neurogenerative disorders like MS, Alzheimer’s, OCD, and depression, and in its ability to protect neurons, and protect and preserve mitochondrial function.
As a topical wound treatment, Linalool can be very useful for its antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory effects, as well as its ability to discourage scar tissue formation.
In terms of its ant-cancer activity, Linalool has been shown to cause cell death of colon cancer cells through inducing cancer cell-specific oxidative stress. Other studies show Linalool can have a cytotoxic effect, triggering cell death of Leukemia, cervical cancer and prostate cancer cells.
Higher Grade strains with a relatively high percentage of Linalool: