- Linalool is a terpene found in cannabis and gives lavender and lilacs their beautiful aromas.
- To kick off in-person entertaining again, try tablescaping with linalool for a relaxing fete.
- Our faves for cannabis-friendly tablescaping.
- Recipes for a linalool-inspired lunch.
Getting Back to IRL entertaining
IRL entertaining is finally back on our tables! So it’s the perfect time to use scent-laden terpenes, like linalool, to set the mood for your summer entertaining. Cannabis isn’t just CBD and THC. Its terpenes also contribute to how each strain will make you feel. You know how champagne can sometimes make you giddy, while red wine perhaps mellows you out? Knowing your terpenes helps you choose the cannabis strains that will set the mood you’re looking for.
Tablescaping With Linalool
We’re going all-in on a terpene-enhancing tablescape to celebrate the return of summer socializing. Here’s our tips for a linalool-inspired dinner party. It’ll give you and your guests the ultimate experience in relaxed, summer conviviality.
What’s a terpene again?
Terpenes are found in all plants. They give flora their distinct fragrances. Cannabis is especially gifted in the terpene department—with at least 100 of them. They affect us because our sense of smell connects to the brain’s memory and emotion centers. But there’s also some evidence that terpenes might affect our brain cells directly like other cannabinoids as well. For more on terpenes, check out our myrcene-inspired lunch.
What does linalool smell like?
Linalool is a sweet, floral aroma with a hint of woodiness. It’s the same terpene that gives lavender and lilacs their intoxicating scents. In cannabis, though, linalool isn’t normally the dominant terpene. Instead, it functions in concert with others.
Benefits of Linalool
If you’ve ever slept on hotel sheets that are lightly scented with lavender, you already know the benefits of linalool. Its soothing aroma quiets anxiety, dispels depression, and aids in restful sleep. But there’s more! Linalool may also have cellular effects. One study shows that this terpene reduced the destructive effects of stress by preventing shifts in white blood cells. Another suggests that linalool is also an anti-inflammatory.
Any Side Effects?
That’s a trick question. Linalool doesn’t have any side effects unless it’s super concentrated in a lab. Overall, us humans respond incredibly well to this terpene. Case in point, linalool is used in 60%-80% of the perfumed hygiene and cleaning products you’ll find on the shelves in your local drugstore.
Our linalool tablescape for summer 2021
Linalool is soothing. So is terpene-rich lavender. We focused on this fragrant flower and shades of its namesake color as the anchor for our tablescape. To keep the feeling light, we offset it with touches of bright white, clear crystal, and a hint of blue. We love starting with a fantastic tablecloth to anchor our look. This one’s geometric herringbone pattern is perfect for keeping our floral-themed plates modern. Since we went with such a strong pattern on our tablecloth, we opted for simple white napkins. Then we built on our lavender and white theme with a rustic vase full of the aromatic flower. We layered purple cabbage canapé plates on top of vintage floral dinner plates. For stemware, we love the contrast of textured champagne flutes with the clean lines of our clear crystal water goblets. This fairly simple setting packs a big punch of summer style.
What do you need for a cannabis-friendly tablescape?
For a cannabis-friendly meal, include smoking accessories, just like you would for cocktails. We set this table with our new Barrow Street Herb Bowls—in Adela Lavender, natch! They’re great for guests because they hold just enough flower for one guest and then double as their personal ashtray. We also laid out matching Le Pipes. These ceramic one-hitter pipes are especially good for cannabis-curious friends. They make trying cannabis elegant and easy. They hold just enough flower for 1-2 hits. They’re also super simple to pack and light. Plus, they’re a snap to clean. For the rolling pros, we added our Galactic Rolling Papers. If you’re hosting outside, like we are, these hemp papers can also double for guests as oil blotting sheets for a quick makeup fix. To complete our setting, we added a vintage crystal table lighter.
Cannabis Strains with Linalool
Of course, the most important part of the evening is your cannabis. The following strains have varying degrees of linalool: Lavender, Do-Si-Does, Scooby Snacks, Zkittlez, Amnesia Haze, Master Kush, Pink Kush, Special Kush, OG Shark, LA Confidential, Chem Dawg, and Skywalker OG.
For your guests who drink alcohol, here’s a gorgeous cocktail to make the evening feel even more special. It’s a stunning way to get everyone into the lavender mood even before they sit down at your table. Bonus, the bottle will look amazing on your table, too.
Lavender Gin Cocktail Ingredients
1 ½ ounces Hendricks gin
1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ ounce Creme de Violette
Lavender Gin Cocktail Instructions
Add gin, lemon juice, Creme de Violette, and ice to a cocktail shaker. Shake for 20 seconds. Then strain into a glass filled with ice. Top with a splash of soda water. Garnish with lemon slices.
For a fully linalool-enhanced dinner party, don’t just include floral arrangements with the terpene. Go all the way and plan your menu with it in mind. Whether you make an infused menu or not, think basil, cilantro, guava, peach, plum, pineapple, and passionfruit. Lavender might seem like a risky flavor choice for entertaining. Most of us rarely think to add it to our meals. But don’t forget that it’s an incredibly popular ingredient in tons of products that we all already use.
Pair lavender with the right flavors
Because this flavor can be strong, you’ll want to use lavender along with other equally strong flavors. Lavender works well with acidic notes. That means it’ll complement tart and fruity ingredients like citrus—juice or zest. You can also pair it with creamy ingredients. It’s a great way to gourmet up ice creams and custards. In savory dishes, try using lavender to season meats with strong flavors, like lamb or venison. Most of all, soak up that linalool, relax, and enjoy!