A Terpene You Need to Know About

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August 21, 2020

Linalool and Sleep 

This sweet and aromatic compound, Linalool, is commonly found in many flowers and plants such as mint, lavender, cinnamon, and rosewood. This terpene emits a floral scent gentle hints of citrus, which is why it is used so preveniently across the world in various forms. 

Its iconic lavender scent in addition to other health benefits makes it a top contender for implementing it into your daily regimen. 

The many uses of Linalool:

Did you know that linalool is in +200 different plant species, including cannabis? Linalool is a naturally occurring terpene used in many different ways, and can be found in over 70% of “aromatic” products that you may be used on a daily basis; like soaps, shampoos/ conditioners, essential oils, lotions, and laundry detergents. Some may say, this has a lovely floral scent, making it the ingredient of choice for essential oils and beauty products. 

Research is ramping up and is examining the various effects of linalool in the human body. With many positive findings, thus far, many may agree terpenes may be considered the “new kid on the block.”

*Please note that research is ongoing, so we can’t conclude as to the efficacy of terpene or any of the following thoughts. Please consult your physician for any topical or consumable or topical terpene products. 

1. Linalool for Sleep / Sedative

Lavender has been given a world-known reputation for helping promote deep and restful sleep. Many feel that the aromatic scent of lavender in essential oil or diffuser helps them feel heavy-eyed and ready for sleep. 

Well, science is confirming that linalool is now starting to be used in traditional medical systems, as it has marked sedative and anticonvulsant effects on their testing subjects. 

2. Linalool as an Anti-Inflammatory

A study conducted by the Journal of Surgical Research in March 2013 published its conclusions on the “Anti-inflammatory effects on linalool.”: Stating “The results suggest that linalool inhibits inflammation both in vitro and in vivo, and maybe a potential therapeutic candidate for the treatment of inflammatory diseases.

Inflammation refers to your body’s natural response to fighting against things that harm it. Your immune system can be chronic or acute, effecting people with a multitude of symptoms such as redness, joint pain or stiffness, fatigue, or others. 

Many people affected by inflammation may be put on various treatment plans by their physicians to help regulate their inflammatory diseases, which may include introducing natural supplements or medications, rest, or exercise.

There is still a lot of research to be done on effective anti-inflammatory agents, however, linalool seemingly exhibits most of the characteristics and properties associated with being an effective alternative and natural anti-inflammatory treatment option.

3. Linalool as a Painkiller

There is exciting research that shows how linalool may be an effective compound to help reduce pain, by helping block the detection of painful stimulus stimulated by sensory neurons. 

It’s believed that Linallol interacts with our (CNS) central nervous system, helping regulate the production and absorption of important chemicals such as adenosine.  Adenosine plays an important role in regulating neuronal activity, helping to signal homeostasis. Studies have shown alterations in adenosine signaling, can further contribute to sleep disruptions.

In addition, linalool utilizes its own mechanism of pain control by working with receptor-activated channels.,

One notable study tested the patient’s reliance on opioid painkillers. The patients all underwent gastric banding surgery found that linalool helped decrease their desire to use opioids to relieve their pain during recovery. 

4. Linalool for stress and depressive tendencies

Stress and depression are often closely related. In a study published in 2016, the research team looked at the effects of linalool on stress-induced and depressive-like behaviors in rats. Their findings suggest that linalool decreases behavior related to depressive disorders, as the appropriate dosage produced antidepressant activities like increased climbing time. 

Entourage effect:

A Linalool combo you must try for Sleep

Cannabinoids and Terpenes are better together. Recent research has shown that both terpenes and cannabinoids work best together, in what is now known as the “entourage effect.” This means that some combinations of compounds can work in synergy to magnify their therapeutic benefits

Slumber Sleep Aid signature tincture blend combines a rare and minor cannabinoid called CBN (cannabinol), plus Linalool (Lavender). Research has been showing positive results from CBN on its effects of sleep, with an entourage effect and many of their customers have shared positive effects from the blend on insomnia. 

What’s next 

Slumber is working on creating a line of topicals/ lotions with CBN, CBN, and Lavander to enhance the overall sleep experience for their customers. The aromatic benefits of Linalool, combined with two cannabinoids look to be very promising for delivering a lotion for relaxation during the night. 

Experience the full potential of CBN. DiscoverSlumber sleep aid™ products today.