What Is Linalool Terpene? Benefits, Strains, Effects

Key Takeaways

  • Linalool offers a lavender aroma that is able to create relaxation within the human body.
  • We consumed over 2 grams of linalool each year without noticing through food.
  • With linalool’s pleasant smell, it is widely used to produce scent products such as lotions and candles.
  • This terpene has a sweet, spicy, and citrusy fragrance with a complex taste of a subtly sweet and floral flavor.
  • Linalool is not only rich with its calming smell but also rich in health wellness such as stress and anxiety relief, and Alzheimer’s as well as acting like sleeping aids.
  • Essential oils with high concentrations of linalool can cause irritation to those who have sensitive skin.
  • Some of the cannabis strains rich in linalool are Lavender Kush, Do Si Dos and LA Confidential.


First and foremost, let me explain to you shortly what terpenes are. Terpenes such as myrcene, limonene, and pinene are organic compounds found in plants with the responsibility to give plants their unique flavor and aroma including its benefits. 

Today’s cannabis terpene edition that we’re going to discuss is the one with a remarkable scent that I’m pretty sure we all are familiar with, linalool terpene.

What is Linalool?

Just like many terpenes, linalool does not only exist in cannabis plants but is also found in over 200 types of plants as well. It is considered common for those who don’t use cannabis to consume more than 2 grams of linalool each year through their food including fruits and spices.

Based on its floral and relaxing aroma, no wonder why it is widely used in producing scented products such as essential oils, perfumes, lotions, and candles due to its creation of a calming atmosphere. Although cannabis and lavender are two sources that you can find linalool, in fact, you can also find linalool within plants like jasmine and rosewood, as well as spices such as thyme, bay leaves, and cinnamon.

What Does Linalool Smell and Taste Like?

With its characteristic of having a recognizable smell and flavor, it becomes one unique terpene. This terpene is behind all the calming and floral aromas reminiscent of lavender with a sweet, spicy, and citrusy scent. Linalool is what makes lavender smell the way it smells.

The taste of linalool can differ depending on what other terpenes are mixed with it. It naturally comes with a complex flavor with subtly sweet and floral and has a slight hint of spiciness. Linalool’s distinctive scent can enhance the taste of food and drinks, that’s why linalool is commonly found in culinary productions.

What Medical Conditions That Linalool Can Support?

Beyond their aromatic allure that can drift you into sweet moments, linalool also takes a spotlight when it comes to medical and health wellness as it offers some of the best medical efficacy for patients. Without limitation, some of them are:

  • Anxiety

Consuming cannabis strains with high levels of linalool might be beneficial for those who have anxiety disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Linalool has the impact of both physical and mental relaxation meaning that it soothes stressful body and mind.

  • Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is caused by the buildup of brain plaques and cellular tangles leading to brain degeneration. This disease can cause severe memory loss and cognitive impairment. Linalool is promoted within Alzheimer’s disease treatment as it has shown results in reducing and controlling the production of inflammatory proteins in the brain.

  • Chronic Pain

Linalool has the capability to ease the pain because of its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties when combined with other medical marijuana. Patients with arthritis, migraines, and neuropathic pain may find this terpene helpful.

  • Sleeping Disorders 

Linalool possesses sedative properties providing calm and relaxation to the body and releases the ‘happy hormone’ known as serotonin resulting in better sleep quality. Its popular use would be in aromatherapy among those who suffer from insomnia and sleeping disorders.

Potential Risks and Side Effects 

Generally, linalool is safe, however, there’s also a chance to irritate the skin in somebody. It has been reported that cases of individuals having allergic reactions to linalool are rare.

It is important to consult with a healthcare professional or complete patch tests before applying essential oils with high concentrations of linalool due to the fact that it may cause skin sensitization, specifically those who have sensitive skin.

Where Can I Find Linalool in Cannabis?

If you’re looking for strains packed with linalool, you’ve come to the right place. These strains will give you great sleep at night with your body and mind relaxed if you take a sniff out of its aroma. Get ready to delve into the list of some cannabis strains filled with high-linalool-level.

Casino Kush – This popular strain was made by a cross between White Walker OG and Blue Flame #29. In 2018, Casino Kush won 2nd prize in the High Times World Cup Best Indica.

Kosher Kush – It was developed in Los Angeles, California, and received the award in 2010 and 2011 from High Times Cannabis Cup’s Best Indica.

Do Si Dos – Do Si Dos comes from its parents, OGKB and Face Off OG developed by its breeder in 2016, Archive Seed Bank.

Lavender Kush – This strain not only smells like Lavender but it looks like one too with its dark purple leaves. Lavender Kush comes from a mixture of 3 strains: Super Skunk, Big Skunk Korean, and Afghani Hawaiian.

LA Confidential – LA Confidential or so-called ‘Confidential’ and ‘Confidential OG’, is a heavily Indica-dominant hybrid with 95% indica and 5% sativa. This strain originates from Southern California from the crossing of DNA genetics between OG LA Affie and Afghani.

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Apple Jack – It comes from a crossbreeding of its parents, Jack Herer and White Widow, having the perfect balance 50/50 of Indica and Sativa dominance. It’s great for relieving stress and easing chronic pain.

Emergen-c – This strain was made from the cross between the genetics of Seed Junky and Mintz. It’s renowned for its ability to elevate your mood and boost your creativity.


You can consider linalool a terpene with many medicinal efficacies other than the calm and relaxed smell it provides. It can be found in several different plants and some of them are our food ingredients such as lavender, rosewood, bay leaves, and cinnamon. 

The smell of linalool is prominent in the production of perfumes and essential oils. What’s even more exciting is that linalool has shown its medicinal properties for several conditions such as insomnia, reducing chronic pain and inflammation as well as treating Alzheimer’s disease. There are also various cannabis strains rich in linalool for cannabis connoisseurs including Casino Kush, Lavender Kush and Do Si Dos.

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