The natural essential oils are terpenes. These terpenes are widely produced by the cannabis plant as part of its defence strategy to ward off predators and guard against mould, fungus, and bacteria.
Every person experiences effects differently depending on the interactions between the cannabinoids and terpenes produced by different cannabis chemovars inside their bodies. The most prevalent terpene in lavender is linalool, which is present at moderate levels in all cannabis chemovars. Rosemary, bergamot, eucalyptus, and sweet basil all contain linalool.
What is Linalool?
In particular, linalool has a flavour and scent that is mildly sweet and floral with a hint of spice. Over 200 distinct plant species contain linalool, a terpene that is so common that it even contributes to the well-known aroma of lavender. It is likewise a monoterpene, just like caryophyllene and myrcene.
It’s used in essential oils, skincare products, and fragrances because of its sweet, floral scent. Although linalool is most frequently found in cannabis and lavender, it is also present in bay leaf, cinnamon, and coriander.
What Aroma Does Linalool Have?
There’s a good chance that you’ve experienced linalool, especially if you enjoy lavender. Linalool is one of the main components responsible for the lavender’s distinctive sweet, spicy, and earthy aroma. Jasmine, rosewood, basil, thyme, and other plants and spices are among those that typically contain it. Of fact, you can definitely thank Linalool if you discover a cannabis variety with a scent resembling lavender.
How Does Linalool Taste?
The linalool terpene’s abundance of varied flavours is one of the reasons it requires so much skill to cook with lavender. It has some sweetness and spice, but there are also hints of earthy flavours. Some have even claimed that the flavour of linalool has a smokey undertone.
Of course, the other terpenes that are combined with it can affect the flavour. For instance, if a cannabis strain contains high levels of myrcene and linalool, its fiery flavours may overpower any ethereal undertones. The flavours will always be distinctive, which is what makes it so intriguing to begin consuming cannabis based on the terpene profiles.
What are Linalool’s Effects?
While there are not many research on humans that demonstrates how linalool affects the body. One study on rats, however, discovered that the terpene prevented the body from feeling the harmful effects of stress, even when exposed to stressful settings. Another study discovered that the combination of linalool and pinene helped lessen mice’s anxiety and depressive symptoms.
What Strains Contain High Linalool Levels?
When you begin using cannabis, some strains stand out from the rest based on their terpene profiles. Our preferred linalool strains include:
Amnesia Haze (Sativa-Dominant Hybrid)
The Afghan Hawaiian, Jamaican, and Laotian strains were crossed to create this sativa-dominant hybrid. If you’ve ever used cannabis, you know that this strain’s origins are in the landraces, the original strains that originated in Jamaica and Laos.
Due to its outstanding genetics, the plant has a high THC content of 22% and only 1% CBD. The earthy, sweet, and mildly spicy flavours and fragrances of Amnesia Haze clearly display their linalool ancestry.
Lavender or Lavender Kush (Indica-Dominant Hybrid)
Looking at this strain’s name, there is no doubt that it contains linalool. Lavender Kush is a hybrid with an Indica tendency that was produced by crossing Afghani Hawaiian, Big Skunk Korean, and Super Skunk.
This strain’s flavour is sweet, spicy, and floral, and its dark purple leaves give it a lavender-like appearance. Lavender Kush has 27% THC, which is extremely high, therefore proceed with caution when using it.