Terpenes are the aromatic oils that give each cannabis strain its individual fragrance and taste. These molecular compounds have also been known to carry an array of medicinal benefits. When combined with other cannabinoids and terpenes, the synergistic healing nature of cannabis truly takes effect but each terpene has unique characteristics of their own.
Myrcene is the most abundant terpene naturally found in cannabis, carrying a strong earthy and musky scent with fruity undertones. Also found in hops, lemongrass, basil and rosemary, myrcene comes in high concentrations in mangoes. This may account for why eating mangoes before using cannabis can accentuate the high.
Myrcene is widely known for its sedative effects and can play a deciding role to determine whether a strain is classified as an indica or sativa, depending on the amount present in relation to other terpenes and cannabinoids. Myrcene rich strains should provide a feeling of relaxation, stress relief and aid with insomnia.
A study published in 2001 suggests myrcene has a synergistic effect to contribute to the antibiotic nature of cannabis. Myrcene’s unique ability to promote higher absorption of cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, may amplify the psychoactive sensation along with advanced pain relieving, anti-mutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties.
The amount of myrcene present in any strain is worth noting when determining your desired results from using cannabis. Whether you’re looking for that couch lock effect or something less sedating, knowing how much myrcene is in your cannabis is key to strain selection. Feel free to ask any of our knowledgeable patient consultants to assist with any questions you may have.
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