As a naturally occurring terpene alcohol found in many flowers and spice plants, Linalool has a multitude of commercial applications, the majority of which are based on its pleasant floral scent with a hint of spice. In everyday household items, Linalool is used as a scent enhancer in roughly 60% to 80% of perfumed personal hygiene products and cleaning agents including lotions, detergents, shampoos and soaps.
In addition to household items, Linalool is used as an insecticide by pest control professionals as a method for controlling moth, cockroach, fruit fly, and flea problems. For camping enthusiasts, Linalool is used in a variety of mosquito-repellent products.
While it is not exclusively specific to cannabis but abundant in well over 200 types of plants, Linalool possesses a unique characteristic of lavender scent with just a hint touch of spiciness. Linalool is so common that even those who don’t consume cannabis invariably end up consuming over two grams of Linalool each year through the food that they eat. And while this amount may seem like a lot, there is a very small risk of adverse effects.
This is because Linalool doesn’t accumulate in your body’s system or remain for a long period of time, whereas with cannabinoids which get stored in your fatty tissues in the body and within the brain. There aren’t that many cannabis strains which contain high levels of Linalool. As a matter of fact, it seldom ranks into a marijuana’s strain top three most highly plentiful terpenes.
Studies have shown that terpenes directly impact brain function. But for a long period of time, it was tough identify the effect of terpenes on brain function as opposed to secondary effect on mood and the state of the brain’s modulation of olfactory processing. Intricately and intensely linked to emotion and memory centres in the brain, is the sense of smell.
A psychological technique used by real estate agents is to have the seller bake home made bread or cookies. The pleasing cooking aromas permeating throughout the house subconsciously create a desire within the potential buyer that they are safe and at home. Hence a high percentage of real estate agents have been successful in selling their client’s home and at or well above the listed asking price. Such is the powerful effect of the brain’s olfactory sense. Hence, there is an established potential cause and effect between the pleasant lavender floral scent of the terpene, Linalool, with relaxation and improving mood (the effect). It is now regarded that terpenes directly affect the brain processing by modulating the behaviour of the brain cells.
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This Amnesia Haze strain is great for reducing stress because it contains high amounts of linalool.