Terpenes are the new frontier in Cannabis. To date, scientists have found over 120 different terpenes in the herb which help provide the amazing benefits we receive from consumption. Of those terpenes, Myrcene is the most common in Marijuana. Its aroma, benefits, and strain profile is very familiar to even the novice consumer. Below is a detailed view of this terpene to help you learn how it specifically helps you, and so you can utilize those strains for proper medical needs.
Occurrence of Myrcene
Not only is Myrcene the most prevalent terpene found in Cannabis, it is also the only known terpene that is more abundant in Cannabis than in any other plant in nature. An independent study from the Swiss Federal Research Station for Agroecology and Agriculture has found that this terpene can make up to 65% of the total terpene profile in some Cannabis strains.
Apart from Cannabis though, this terpene is in a plethora of other plants found in nature. Some of these plants include:
- Thyme (40%)
- Lemongrass; and
Myrcene usually gives off a strong Earthy, Musky, “Dank” scent, much like cloves. But, depending on what other terpenes are in the terpene profile of the strain, this terpene will produce a fruity aroma with hints of spice.
Myrcene alone provides some amazing benefits that include:
- Reducing Inflammation; and
- Reducing Chronic Pain (analgesic)
However, the most interesting aspect of Myrcene is how its effects change based on its concentration. This terpene can provide a sedative “couch-lock” effect if it’s concentration is over 0.5%, or provide an energizing effect if less than 0.5%.
There has also been some research on the therapeutic potential of Cancer Treatment. Combined with high levels of CBD, Myrcene may aid in reducing the size of tumors.
Smoker Tip: Mangos have a high Myrcene content, which enhances THC Potency. Eating a Mango 45 minutes prior to smoking Cannabis will take your high to another level!
Most Cannabis Strains have Myrcene, but the strains most abundant in this terpene are:
- White Widow
- Grape Ape
- Mango Kush
- Pure Kush
Of all the terpenes found in Cannabis, Myrcene is the most abundant. Famous for it’s mostly sedative and pain-relieving effects, strains high in this terpene are sought after by medical patients around the globe. Next time you pick up one of these strains, give it a crack to see if you can smell its wonderful aroma.