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Linalool Terpene: What is Linalool?

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If you love the soft scents of different essential oils, then chances are you already know about terpenes. In this guide, we’ll dive deep into the linalool terpene and explain:

  • What is Linalool?
  • What are the Effects of Linalool?
  • What does Linalool Smell and Taste Like?
  • Where Can You Find Linalool Terpene?
  • What Strains are Heavy in Linalool?

Are you thinking: “Terpenes are in marijuana?” We’ve got you. Learn the marijuana basics here.

What is Linalool?

Linalool is a type of terpene, a compound found in certain plants—including cannabis—that gives them their smell and aroma. Linalool, specifically, has a somewhat sweet and floral aroma and flavor that combines with a gentle spiciness. Linalool is such a prevalent terpene that it’s found in over 200 different types of plants, even giving lavender its well-known scent.

What are the Effects of Linalool?

Lavender has long been believed to provide general calming properties, with its use dating back to ancient Egypt. There’s plenty of research being conducted around linalool for potential therapeutic qualities and as a potential medical treatment. However, it’s important to note that much more research must be done with human participants before the effects of linalool on the human body can truly be known.

What Does Linalool Smell and Taste Like?

Chances are high you’ve smelled linalool before, especially if you like lavender. But it’s also commonly found in plants and spices such as jasmine, rosewood, basil, and thyme. As for its taste, it depends on who you ask. Too much linalool-rich lavender and your tastebuds will be covered in a bitter, soapy flavor that’s more reminiscent of perfume than it is of food. But who has ever heard of putting too much basil (another linalool-packed plant) in a recipe that calls for it? So really, the taste depends on the vehicle—that is, the plant the linalool is in—to know how you might react to its flavor.

Where Can You Find Linalool Terpene?

Because linalool is found in lavender, you can pretty much experience linalool whenever you visit just about any type of store—not just a cannabis dispensary. That’s because you can find linalool in essential oils, soaps, shampoos, deodorant, and even food if you like to cook with a little lavender essence. In fact, it’s believed that the average person consumes up to two grams of linalool each year. It’s a pretty popular terpene.

What Strains Are Heavy in Linalool?

You might be wondering, then, if there are certain cannabis strains that are heavy in linalool, and the answer is: absolutely!

Cinderella 99 aka Cindy 99, C99, or Cindy: This strain is not just a favorite of cannabis consumers but also growers. That’s because, in addition to its sweet flavors, it is a short, bushy plant with a high yield of the flower buds all connoisseurs love.

Amnesia Haze: Earthy and citrusy, this linalool-rich sativa strain has won awards for its popular flavors and effects.

Special Kush or Special Kush #1: If citrus isn’t something you’re looking for, but you want a linalool-rich flower, Special Kush might be the answer. This indica-dominant strain has more earthy flavors and aromas, and it hails from the Afghanistan and Pakistan regions of the world.

Lavender or Lavender Kush: Don’t get confused: this strain is definitely marijuana. Specifically, indica. It’s bred from some of the most impressive strains from around the world, and it gets its name because not only does it smell and taste like lavender, it also has purple tips on its leaves.

LA Confidential aka Confidential or Confidential OG: Another indica strain, LA Confidential has little purple leaves on a bed of lime green, and it tastes exactly as it looks: earthy, piney, and just a pinch skunky.

OG Shark or Shark OG: When it comes to rare linalool-rich gems, this one is it. This hybrid strain is found mostly in Canada, and it’s sought after for its high potency and earthy scents. It’s also popular among medical marijuana patients.

Dos-Si-Dos or Dosi: An indica-dominant hybrid, Dos-Si-Dos offers bright trichomes, pistils, and green and lavender leaves, making it a pleasure not just to consume but to look at. It’s pungent, sweet, and has just a little bit of floral funk to it to make it unique.

As you’re researching your strains, remember, everyone reacts to marijuana differently. It may take trying a few different types and experiencing the linalool terpene effects before finding the right one for you.

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Should You Try Cannabis with Linalool?

Terpenes like linalool affect everyone differently, so only you can know if you should try it. We have a variety of resources in place to help you educate yourself about terpenes, and we also have cannabis experts available at our licensed dispensary locations. There, you can ask your questions and decide if a linalool-rich strain is right for you.

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