What Is Linalool?

Linalool is a terpene with a floral and spicy aroma. It is found in large concentrations in lavender and is the main component of lavender essential oils. Lavender has traditionally been used therapeutically to aid sleep and to help calm anxiety. Studies have found that linalool is responsible for these therapeutic benefits. If you have an allergy to lavender, we recommend avoiding strains with linalool. Linalool is commonly used for its floral fragrance in different commercial products. The presence of this terpene in cannabis may contribute to the calming and sedating effects of certain strains. 

Lavender (Off2riorobCC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

Where is Linalool Found?

Lavender flower is the most common plant with linalool, but it is found in other plants such as honeysuckle, ginger, and hops. This terpene is used as a fragrance for personal care products such as deodorant, perfume, soap, moisturizers, make-up, and more. Cleaning products, air fresheners, and insect repellent can also contain linalool. Linalool is also one of the terpenes in cocoa beans, so there may be a small amount of it in our chocolates.

Potential Therapeutic Benefits

Cultivars with Linalool

LA flower with 0.41% linalool
LA Kush Cake
thunder struck flower with 0.25% linalool
Thunder Struck
orange kush cake .2% Linalool
Orange Kush Cake


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Updated 11/15/2022


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