Definition - What does Linalool mean?
Linalool is a minor terpene of the cannabis plant and is found in the most abundance in Indica-dominant strains of cannabis. It produces the plant’s telltale floral aroma that contains just a hint of spice.
More than 200 plants naturally produce linalool. Plants and trees such as birch, mint, lavender, bergamot, and many herbs are well known for their pungent, heady linalool production.
It is believed that the linalool of the cannabis plant serves a wide array of medicinal uses such as pain relief, inflammation reduction, seizure control, and depression alleviation. Its sedative qualities are believed to help relieve insomnia. Linalool also has tranquilizing effects that may help those suffering from psychosis.
Hydrolife explains Linalool
Certain strains of cannabis contain higher levels of linalool than others. The terpene clearly protects plants and is a crucial defense mechanism. Linalool is a monoterpene alcohol that has strong antibacterial, anti-infective, and antiviral properties. The pungent aroma of the linalool of the cannabis plant is believed to deter herbivores and other insects from consuming the plant.
The Environmental Protection Agency approved the use of linalool in pesticides as a plant protector against insect consumption. Linalool also exhibits strong antifungal properties that further protects the plant from damaging fungus.
Generally, cannabis that possesses a strong odor contains elevated levels of linalool.