If you are a cannabis lover, you have probably heard of many studies that addressed how terpenes affect your body, being important compounds of the cannabis plants. Moreover, in many foods and plants, including the cannabis plant, myrcene is present in high abundance. It has been discovered to be healthy and non-toxic, and it is widely used in many additives and food flavorings. Because myrcene is the most popular terpene found in cannabis, it is believed to be one of the ten key terpenes. Thanks to myrcene, it is possible to have the easily recognizable earthy smell with musky notes produced by many of the most popular strains cultivated around the world. For this reason, we created this article to let you know what myrcene is, and the amazing benefits this terpene has. This way, you will be looking for a high myrcene strain in your next purchase. While we don't currently carry this strain, why not give some of our flower a try?
Myrcene effectsMyrcene is a monoterpene that is an essential catalyst for the formation of other secondary terpenes, and so on. Furthermore, up to 50% of the total terpene content present in individual strains is considered to be made up of myrcene. Strains containing more than 0.5% of this compound are most likely to cause sedative effects associated with indicas.
What does myrcene do?The possible health benefits of myrcene include easing the effects of chronic pain and inflammation. Terpenes allow cannabinoids to travel the blood brain barrier through the endocannabinoid system, connecting to receptors, and helping to promote analgesic results.
Myrcene benefitsThe antibiotic, antimutagenic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and sedative effects of myrcene are strong. This terpene, operating in synergy with THC, has the following benefits:
- Inhibits cell mutation, such as cancer cells. However, it is being currently studied since it can be having totally the opposite effect.
- Helps mitigate the consequences of diabetes. This one is also being studied as a definite cure for diabetes.
- Soothing effects relieve symptoms of psychosis.
- Relieves pain rapidly.
- Slows bacterial growth.
- Aids with sleep.
- Stops muscle spasms.
- Reduces inflammation systemically.
What is myrcene good for?In cosmetics and fragrances, myrcene's main commercial use is as an ingredient. Lemongrass tea is believed to cope with insomnia in folk medicine by naturally tranquilizing the mind. Since lemongrass produces myrcene, you could have encountered it either in a soothing tea or as a flavorful ingredient in Asian cuisine. Myrcene is also present in any dish made with parsley. Moreover, sink your teeth into a juicy mango, and you would be enjoying myrcene. Wash down a plate of lemon-thyme chicken with a bottle of beer, and feel a double dose of this terpene. It is not difficult to find it in our daily life products and meals.
Myrcene smellMyrcene is described as having an earthy, fruity clove-like odor, responsible for the peppery, spicy, balsam smell in beer. This terpene can be very pungent in higher concentrations.
Myrcene rich foodsBeing the smallest of the terpenes, myrcene is found in very high concentrations in sweet basil, ylang ylang, bay, parsley, wild thyme, lemongrass, eucalyptus, hops, mangoes, and cannabis.
Fruits with myrceneThe only fruits with high concentrations of this terpene are mangoes and guava melon. Moreover, a hypothesis emerged at some point in history that attributed the eating of mangoes to a rapid increase in the potency of THC. This seemingly random argument is, in fact, real. Mangoes contain varying amounts of myrcene, as well as hops, thyme, lemongrass and other plants. Empirical research has shown that consuming mangos approximately forty-five minutes before cannabis use will greatly affect THC with a faster rise of psychoactive effects.
Do dried mangoes have myrcene?Although dried mangoes may have some myrcene, they have been processed in a manner that, compared to fresh mangoes, reduce its quantity. This also happens when you prepare mango juice.
How much myrcene is in a mango?Your typical strain of cannabis contains 2 mg of myrcene per quarter gram, while an entire mango contains approximately 0.086 mg.
High myrcene strainsMyrcene concentrations differ widely from strain to strain, as described earlier. Additionally, they tend to change from grower to grower. Nevertheless, myrcene is present in indica-dominant strains such as:
- Pure Kush: Best for pain and insomnia, this one is known to be a super-powerful strain.
- Grape Ape: This is another strain with higher myrcene levels than average, perfect to relieve stress and ease depression.
- Mango Kush: A hybrid that makes you feel euphoric and relaxed.
- White Widow: For an energizing yet soothing boost, White Widow is an earthy hybrid full of myrcene.