It’s time for the Terpene of the Month! Join us as we look and learn about different terpenes! We’ll explore the taste and smell of the terpene, where it’s found, and how it works in the body.
To start this new series, let’s talk about Myrcene! Myrcene is considered one of the most abundant terpenes found within cannabis that interacts with the endocannabinoid system. On average, Myrcene represents over 20% of the terpene profiles of most commercial cannabis strains.
Some commonly known strains that produce high levels of Myrcene are Tangie, Blue Dream, OG Kush and Grape God.
Myrcene is reported to have a sweet, yet spicy scent and taste. Some people say that the flavor profile reminds them of a mango. Myrcene is also found in cardamom, basil, lemongrass and hops, accounting for the earthy, peppery taste in certain beers.
In the body, Myrcene acts in tandem with THC, allowing cannabinoids to pass easily throughout the body’s endocannabinoid system. Historically, myrcene has been found in the folk medicines of Mexico, where it was used as a sleep aid and muscle relaxant. It should be noted; however, that no studies have shown that myrcene has driven sleep in humans. In Brazil, Myrcene has been used as an anti-inflammatory in folk medicine. Although it has been used in traditional medicines for years, further study is needed to support claims of medicinal properties of Myrcene.
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Source: Kaplan, J., & Jikomes, N. (2020, July 28). What is myrcene and what does this cannabis terpene do? Leafly. https://www.leafly.com/news/science-tech/myrcene-terpene