What is the terpene Linalool found in cannabis?

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Last updated: May 31st, 2016

Linalool is simple terpene alcohol. Linalool has been isolated in several hundred different plants. The Lamiaceae plant and herb family, which includes mints and other scented herbs, is a common source. The Lauraceae plant family, which includes laurels, cinnamon, and rosewood, is also a readily available source. The Rutaceae family, which contains citrus plants, is another viable source. Birch trees and several different plant species that are found in tropical and boreal climate zones also produce linalool. Although technically not plants, some fungi produce linalool, as well. The Environmental Protection Agency has approved its use as a pesticide, flavor agent and scent. Linalool is used in a wide variety of bath and body products and is commonly listed under ingredients for these products as beta linalool, linalyl alcohol, linaloyl oxide, p-linalool and alloocimenol. Its vapors have been shown to be an effective insecticide against fruit flies, fleas and cockroaches.

Linalool reverses the histopathological hallmarks of Alzheimer’s Disease and restores cognitive and emotional functions via an anti-inflammatory effect. Studies also suggest linalool can significantly reduce lung inflammation caused by cigarette smoke. Linalool is a critical precursor in the formation of Vitamin E. It has also been used in the treatment of both psychosis and anxiety, and as an anti-epileptic agent.

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