As mentioned, linalool provides an aroma of lavender with hints of spice, and it can actually be found in more than 200 types of plants. It is thought that even those who don’t use cannabis will consume more than 2g of linalool through their food each year.
Linalool has anti-microbial properties that help to protect plants and may also benefit people. The terpene has traditionally been used in herbal medicines for its sedative and anti-epileptic properties. Animal studies have found that mice exposed to linalool have shown reduced levels of anxiety and depression. It is also believed that linalool can help the immune system become more resilient to the effects of stress.
There are also studies that suggest linalool blocks the brain’s primary excitatory chemical glutamate and may enhance the effects of other sedatives. For similar reasons, it may also be a muscle relaxant and can help with pain management. It has even been found to help treat Alzheimer’s disease. While much more research is needed into all of these potential benefits, it certainly makes it one of the more exciting terpenes.