BY ALEXANDRA ILYASHOV
In our Terpenes 411 column, we’ll be talking about terpenes, which are aromatic compounds found in every plant, including marijuana. Not only do they give our favorite strains their distinctive scents—they also play a major part in providing therapeutic effects. There are over 100 different terpenes in the cannabis plant, and while each has its own benefits, when they come together with THC, CBD, other terpenes, and our own biological makeup, they interact synergistically, resulting in what is known as The Entourage Effect. In the coming weeks, we’ll be delving into, and providing a full-fledged education about this buzzword that you’ve likely been hearing about all over the place. Get ready for some exciting terpene information.
Terpenes are multifaceted parts of every type of plant, and their impact in cannabis is just as hardworking and wide-ranging. Take, for example, linalool, a terpene found in over 200 types of plants, including types of mint, rosewood, laurel, and citrus. As its signature slightly spicy lavender aroma lets on, linalool shares some important qualities with lavender (more on that in a moment) as well as cinnamon; it’s also found in high levels in coriander, sweet orange flower, and sweet basil.
Linalool advantages are myriad. It has strong anti-microbial properties, which are actually intended mainly to help protect the plant thrive, but are thought to have therapeutic perks, too, like reducing anxiety and stress, lessening depression, and serving as a sedative. Studies show that linalool can possibly help strengthen the immune system and make it less likely to falter when stress is present. This hard-working terpene is even thought to have antiepileptic properties.
Odds are, you probably crossed paths with linalool at least once daily, though likely, you’re interacting with this particular terpene far more often than you might think: It’s found in 60% to 80% of hygiene products, soaps, shampoos or lotions that have some sort of fragrance. Linalool is also the main reason lavender is so commonly recommended as a moth and pest deterrent, too. As for your cannabis-focused pursuits, look for linalool in various strains of both sativa and indica.