Linalool may increase anti-microbial properties
Linalool has a variety of potential medical benefits that have yet to be explored in detail. In addition to its anti-anxiety, antidepressant, and analgesic effects, linalool may also possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It's even been shown to inhibit the activity of FAAH, an enzyme that breaks down the body's own endocannabinoids. This means that linalool may help to increase levels of endocannabinoids like anandamide in the brain, which can have a range of therapeutic effects. Additionally, linalool has been shown to inhibit acetylcholinesterase (AChE), which is responsible for breaking down the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. AChE levels have been linked to Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, so by inhibiting this enzyme, linalool may help to prevent or slow the onset of these conditions.
One exciting potential benefit of linalool is its ability to increase the anti-microbial properties of other compounds. In a 2016 study, researchers found that when linalool was combined with the antibiotic gentamicin, it enhanced the effectiveness of the antibiotic against certain bacterial strains. This suggests that linalool may have synergistic effects when used alongside traditional antibiotics, making it a promising tool for fighting infections.
While more research is needed to fully understand the therapeutic potential of linalool, these findings indicate that this terpene has a wide range of health benefits and should not be overlooked in favor of cannabinoids alone. As our understanding of cannabis and its various components continues to expand, we may discover even more uses for this versatile terpene.