Linalool: Unlocking the benefits of this medical cannabis terpene 

For the fourth article of our terpenes series, we’re talking linalool. This terpene is responsible for making certain strains of cannabis smell sweet, spicy, and earthy. In this article, we’re investigating the potential benefits of this terpene, the recommended temperature to vape it at and the other plants you might find it in. If you’re curious to learn what other terpenes exist alongside linalool, discover our blogs on limonene, pinene and myrcene.

Linalool - unexpected benefits of medical cannabis terpene

What are terpenes?

Terpenes are organic chemical compounds found in all plants. They’re responsible for the aroma of the plant and can provide an explanation as to why some strains of cannabis smell different to others.

Among the numerous compounds found in medical cannabis, terpenes play a significant role in its therapeutic effects. These compounds have garnered attention for their role in the “entourage effect,” which enhances cannabis’ physiological benefits in comparison to isolated cannabinoids.

Where is linalool found?

Linalool is a naturally occurring terpene that can be found in over 200 various plants, including lavender, basil, mint, and cannabis. In medical cannabis strains, linalool is present in varying concentrations, depending on the specific cultivar.

Linalool and the benefits of medical cannabis with this terpene

Is there a distinct smell?

Noted for its floral, calming fragrance, linalool smells sweet, spicy and citrus-like. Many people associate its flowery aroma with the smell of lavender.

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What conditions can linalool-abundant strains support with?


Individuals who struggle with generalised anxiety disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may benefit from consuming cannabis strains that contain high levels of linalool. These strains have the potential to provide both mental and physical relaxation, and may have the ability to boost the immune system to combat the negative impact of stress.

Chronic Pain

According to research by Mamedica, 73% of Brits have accepted physical pain and discomfort as the norm for themselves. Linalool’s analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties may contribute to pain relief when combined with other cannabinoids present in medical cannabis. Patients suffering from arthritis, migraines, or neuropathic pain may find linalool-enriched cannabis strains beneficial.

Sleep Disorders

Thanks to its potential sedative qualities when inhaled, linalool can help promote relaxation and enhance sleep quality. Its floral aroma is believed to have soothing properties which help to relax the body and mind. In fact, linalool is believed to be one of the oldest sleep aids in the world.

How should I vape cannabis with high levels of linalool?

To maximise the benefits of this terpene with your vaporiser, set your temperature to 198°C/388.4°F as this is its boiling point.

Prescribing the right strain of medical cannabis

From anxiety and chronic pain relief to improved sleep, linalool’s therapeutic properties have the potential to support those that are looking for holistic and natural solutions for their long-term health conditions.

Patients that are looking to harness the benefits of linalool-abundant strains can check their eligibility for medical cannabis here. Our specialist consultants address the specific needs of each patient through bespoke treatment plans using cannabis-based prescription medicines (CBPMs).