Terpenes, sometimes thought of as the ‘essential oils’ of cannabis, are the compounds that give each strain its unique aroma, flavor and array of effects. Although many cannabis users are familiar with the major cannabinoids, like THC and CBD, terpenes carry their own exclusive health benefits that are only now starting to get noticed. The relationship between terpenes and cannabinoids is known as the “entourage effect,” and dictates the profile of each unique cannabis strain.
Linalool or D-linalool is one of the primary terpenes in cannabis. You can recognize it by its floral scent. Strains with the fragrance of flowers or roses are certainly high in linalool. There can be a spiciness behind the floral in some strains.
Linalool has sedative properties and strains with high amount can be effective for relieving anxiety and stress. Linalool is commonly found in lavender, a flower known for its anti-anxiety and anti-stress properties. It’s thought that through the entourage effect, linalool could play a large part in cannabis’ therapeutic treatment for insomnia, anxiety and depression. It has also been used an analgesic and anti-epileptic. The purple strains are typically high in linalool; look for Grand Daddy Purple, Purple Rain and Grape Ape.
Summary: Strains high in linalool are likely to cause sedation, but are excellent for relieving stress, anxiety and depressions. Linalool-high strains have a floral bouquet and sometimes contain spicy undertones. Linalool is found commonly in lavender, known for its anxiety-, insomnia- and stress-relieving properties. Look for purple strains as they are often high in linalool.