Myrcene (β-myrcene) Terpene Profile

Commonly found in: Lemon Grass, Basil, Hops, Mangoes, Thyme, and Bay Laurel Leaves

Cannabis strains: White Widow, Skunk #1, El Nino, Himalyan Gold, and Pure Kush

Scent: Fruity, earthy, clove-like

Formula: C10H16

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What Does Myrcene Do?

This is a monoterpene which means that it is the ground zero for the manufacturing of other terpenes. It is found that cannabis strains with more than 0.05% Myrcene have more sedative, couch locking effects while those that fall below that percentage have a more psychoactive reputation. Myrcene actually influences an endogenous opiod system in the body which is thought to be why it can create such valued pain relieving, heavy effects.

Myrcene is one of the most researched terpenes and separate studies have concluded anti inflammatory and in high doses anti-insomnia effects. It also helps other cannabinoids pass through the blood brain barrier which maximizes the effects of whatever marijuana strain we chose that day. The last super cool thing that myrcene can do is maximize the saturation level of the endocannabinoid system’s CB1 receptor.

Analgesic: Relieves pain.

Antibacterial: Slows bacterial growth.

Anti-Diabetic: Helps mitigate the effects of diabetes.

Anti-inflammatory: Reduces inflammation systemically.

Anti-Insomnia: Aids with sleep.

Anti-Proliferative/Anti-Mutagenic: Inhibits cell mutation, including cancer cells.

Antipsychotic: Tranquilizing effects relieve symptoms of psychosis.

Antispasmodic: Suppresses muscle spasms.

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