Linalool is a terpene that gives hemp its refreshing smell—it has a pleasant lavender scent with a touch of citrus.
An Overview of Hemp Terpenes
Terpenes are the main components of essential oils found in almost all plant life. These naturally-occurring compounds play an important role in the potency of the hemp plant. Cannabinoids, the main compounds in hemp, work together with terpenes to create a more potent healing effect, also known as the “entourage effect.”
Hemp is rich in more than 200 terpenes out of which more than 10 occur in greatest concentrations. Linalool is one of the main terpenes in cannabis. Linalool gives the plant a delicate floral aroma and a plethora of therapeutic benefits.
What is Linalool?
Linalool is monoterpene alcohol recognized for its antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. Linalool is commonly found in lavender, jasmine, and rosewood, and presents a sweet lavender scent with a hint of spiciness.
Hemp Strains Containing Linalool
Linalool is one of the top terpenes in hemp. If you are looking for hemp flower strains rich in linalool, here is our recommendation:
Two Forms of Linalool: Licarceol and Coriandrol
In cannabis, linalool is present in two forms, licareol and corianadrol. Licareol is a form of linalool found in lavender, sweet basil, and laurel. This type of linalool works great as a scent agent in different products. Coriandrol is a form of linalool found in plants, such as palmarosa and sweet orange.
Natural Sources of Linalool
You can find linalool in these natural sources:
- Sweet basil
- Clary Sage
How Does It Work? Linalool And The Brain
Terpenes directly impact the human brain when acting alone. There is a link between our sense of smell and the brain’s memory and emotion centers. It is also believed that linalool blocks the receptors of the primary excitatory brain chemical glutamate, which explains its potential anti-epileptic properties. 
The pain-relieving and muscle-relaxing effects of linalool are explained with the potential of the compound to reduce the signaling strength of acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a brain chemical that modulates muscle contraction and movement. 
Uses and Benefits of Linalool
Linalool offers a lot of benefits, including:
Anti-inflammatory and Pain-killing Properties
Linalool may act as a potential anti-inflammatory agent. According to a study published in the Journal of Phytomedicine, linalool and linalyl acetate play a significant role in the anti-inflammatory activity displayed by various essential oils containing these two components. 
One study published in the Journal of Surgical Research examined the effects of linalool on an acute lung injury in a mouse. The study revealed that linalool inhibited inflammation and it is a potential candidate for the treatment of inflammatory diseases. 
According to a 2017 review on the analgesic-like activity on essential oil constituents, linalool has an antinociceptive (inhibits the sensation of pain) activity that has been well researched in animals. This means that linalool has potential for the treatment of painful and inflammatory disorders. 
Many essential oils, including linalool may produce sedative effects. A study found that lavender oil rich in linalool could induce sedation in animals without affecting motor coordination. 
Helps Reduce Anxiety and Depression
A 2018 animal study that looked into the impact of linalool on mice discovered that linalool odor has an anti-anxiety (anxiolytic) effect on mice without causing motor impairment. The authors of the study recommend linalool to alleviate stress in preoperative patients and patients that have problems taking anxiolytics. 
Like many other essential oils, linalool presents insecticide properties, useful for controlling fleas and cockroaches. Linalool is safe for humans and doesn’t hurt animals, so it makes a great alternative to toxic insecticides.
Aromatherapy or therapy with aromatic compounds is a popular method of relaxation. Many terpenes, including linalool are thought to be great for aromatherapy because of their ability to reduce stress.
One animal 2009 study looked into the sedative effects of inhaled linalool on anxiety, aggressiveness, and social interaction. The study found that inhaling linalool and essential oils can be useful to relax and counteract anxiety. According to the study, the inhaled linalool showed anti-anxiety properties in mice, decreased aggressiveness and social interaction. 
Antiseptic and Anticonvulsant Properties
Linalool has shown anticonvulsant and antiepileptic properties in several experimental models. It is believed that one of the causes of epilepsy is excessive glutamate levels in neurons. An animal study found that linalool inhibited glutamate uptake, which drastically reduced epileptic seizures. 
Antifungal and Antimicrobial Properties
A 2018 study analyzed the antifungal activity of linalool on various types of Candida isolated from patients with oral candidiasis. After being diagnosed with Candida albicans (37.5%), krusei (25.0%), and tropicalis (4.2%), 12 patients were treated with linalool. Linalool had the best fungal activity on Candida tropicalis followed by albicans and krusei. In conclusion, all of the Candida strains tested were susceptible to this terpene. Linalool has also shown antimicrobial activities.  
Linalool can also improve the immune system’s resilience to stress, according to a 2009 study. The study found that inhalation of linalool represses stress-induced effects on blood cells and gene expression in mice. 
How to Consume Linalool?
Diffusing essential oils and inhaling linalool is one of the fastest methods of absorption. The second best method of absorption is by applying linalool directly to feet or ears.
Smoking or vaping hemp flower is one of the fastest ways to consume cannabis and feel the benefits of the entourage effect.
Linalool is considered safe. The amount of linalool needed to cause toxicity or death has not yet been determined. Some people with eczema can have an adverse reaction to linalool. 
List of Essential Oils High in Linalool
According to “Essential oil Safety. A Guide For Healthcare Professionals” by Robert Tisserand, linalool is contained in all of these essential oils:
- Ho wood (95%)
- Ho leaf (66.7-90.6%)
- Rosewood (82.3-90.3%)
- Coriander seed (59.0-87.5%)
- Thyme (73.6-79.0%)
- Magnolia leaf (78.9%)
- Mint (24.9-55.2%)
- Basil (31.7-50.1%)
- Lavender (25.0-45.0%)
- Sage (15.0%)
FAQ on Linalool: Uses and Benefits
Cannabinoids and terpenes display unique therapeutic effects that together could produce synergy, also known as the entourage effect. This cannabinoid-terpenoid interaction could produce a more potent effect of cannabis in the treatment of pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression and more.
Terpenes are aromatic essential oils secreted in cannabis in various concentrations. Aside from giving the plant its smell and flavor, terpenes have plenty of therapeutic effects, including anti-inflammatory, pain-killing, anti-anxiety, and are commonly used in aromatherapy.
Linalool has a relaxing effect on the body. It is a potential anti-anxiety and antidepressant agent and muscle relaxant. This terpene contains powerful analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.
There are no major risks to using linalool. But, the terpene may cause skin irritation and is not recommended for people with eczema.
Linalool is used as a fragrance in different kinds of personal care products, including soaps, detergents, shampoos, and lotions. Also, it is used in household products, industrial products, and essential oils.
Linalool is generally safe and non-toxic to humans, but it may cause allergic contact dermatitis.
Yes, linalool can cause allergies if oxidized. According to some studies, oxidized linalool may cause contact allergy in some people with eczema.
Skin absorption and inhalation of linalool can cause irritation, pain, and allergic reactions.