The Mother of All Terpenes—Myrcene
Terpenes are oils found in the many varieties of cannabis, plus a lot of other naturally occurring plants as well. They’re what give cannabis strains their unique fragrances. There are over 100 different terpenes, and each one helps distinguish one strain from the next with its distinct flavor, aroma, and effects.
When it comes to introducing our customers to some of the most common terpenes, we figured we would start with the terpene queen. Let’s meet the #1 most common terpene found in modern cannabis—myrcene.
Myrcene isn’t just the dominant terpene in nearly half of all cannabis products on shelves, it’s also found in hops and lemongrass. It provides a fragrance that’s usually described as peppery, balsam-like, and even a little spicy.
Effects of Myrcene
What makes myrcene special, and so common in commercially available cannabis strains, is that it seems to be almost as powerful as cannabinoids like THC and CBD in promoting positive effects. That means myrcene isn’t just a nice fragrance— it can actually have a measurable impact on your health and wellness.
Potential benefits include:
- Anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce swelling in injuries and improve the immune system’s response to diseases and other conditions. Not only does myrcene have its own anti-inflammatory effects, but it also helps boost the effects of CBD and other terpenes
- Improved relaxation and sleep quality, and a large part of what gives certain strains their calming effects
- Anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects, boosting the chemical dopamine which results in positive feelings and helps reduce excessive nervous system activity that leads to anxiety
- Pain relief, helping ease pain and boosting the amount of pain-relieving chemicals in the brain
Products Rich in Myrcene You Can Buy Today
Want to experience myrcene for yourself? Here are some of our favorites currently available at the Farmacy.
Be on the lookout for next week’s post in the series, where we’ll feature limonene and terpinolene.