Linalool is a Terpene that Could Replace Opioids in Pain Treatment

Linalool is a purple powerhouse of good medicine that kills pain and dramatically reduces inflammation.

The opioid crisis is all-pervasive and stories of addiction and overdose populate the feeds of social media and mainstream news outlets.  It negatively impacts the economy, communities, families and now, according to new studies, even police dogs. Politicians wrangle for a solution – but there is one right under their prohibitionist noses?

Cannabis activists and advocates have been aware, for some time now, that cannabis is a viable option in, not only in preventing addiction, but also in treating it. Recent research is affirming that cannabis can effectively treat the same symptoms and pain that prescription opioids do, but without the dangerous side effects.

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Cannabis can also help patients work through the rigors of withdrawal from opioids by reducing symptoms and treating the anxiety of the recovery process. This is because cannabis contains a variety of cannabinoids and terpenes that help with pain relief, insomnia, mental health, and more.

There is one stand out terpene that can replace some opioid actions, however, and this is: linalool.

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What is Linalool?

Linalool is a terpene that offers a floral or sometimes spiced fragrance to cannabis (and other plants like lavender, grapes, and mint). It is also a contributing factor to the relaxing qualities of cannabis. However, it does so much more than this:

Prevention of Addiction by Replacing Opioids

Linalool acts as an anti-inflammatory and a pain killer. It can be used to treat arthritis and cancer pain.  Other conditions for which the healing powers of linalool could be of benefit include: MS, chronic pain, dystonia, acute pain, and seizures. Linalool also has sedative properties that can help with insomnia.  Cannabis that is high in linalool can replace opioids to treat these issues.

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Treating Addiction

To make way for a successful recovery, addicts need to first grapple with withdrawal. They may also need to deal with mental health conditions or trauma that contributed to the addiction in the first place. This is a long process that involves counselling and, typically, medication. Cannabis is a good treatment option for PTSD, anxiety, and depression.

Additionally, stressful situations can be triggering for recovering addicts, thereby jeopardizing recovery.  Cannabis that is high in Linalool offers a sense of calm that can greatly reduce anxiety. It will also help with sleep issues and the night sweats of the withdrawal stage.

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Cannabis Strains Strong in Linalool

There are a few strains that are stronger in linalool than others, and they tend to be purple. These include: Purple Erkle, Mendo Purps, Grape Ape, Granddaddy Purple, and Lavender. Not only are these strains absolutely gorgeous to look at, their aroma is out of this world delicious.

Linalool is a wonderful medicine that can help battle opioid addiction – both prevention and rehabilitation. If you, or a loved one, have issues with addiction, talk to your doctor to discuss the option of linalool-rich cannabis instead of opioids for your pain.


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