All about the marijuana terpene Myrcene

Published May 21, 2019 12:57 p.m. ET
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Myrcene is a terpene found in the cannabis plant. There are 10 primary terpenes in the cannabis plant; Myrcene is one of those. Terpenes provide different effects in cannabis strains. The terpene found in the mango fruit is also Myrcene. This terpene is also found in many other fragrant plants, thyme, basil, and lemongrass, to name a few.

There is a thought that if you consume a mango before enjoying your cannabis, they may help to extend any psychoactive effects that the cannabis plant delivers. Perhaps the reason for this assumption is the natural synergy that happens with THC and myrcene. The thought was that terpenes were for nothing more than providing an aromatic aroma.

Research has suggested that terpenes have medicinal qualities, just like cannabinoids. Depending on the terpene ingested, different effects are produced. Terpenes can assist cannabinoids by helping them to bind to the receptors that are located in the endocannabinoid system and this helps to produce pain reduction responses.

Myrcene delivers medical benefits and effects, here are a few:

• Sedative qualities
• Antibiotic abilities
• Pain relief control
• Anti-inflammatory qualities

The major medical benefits of the myrcene terpene are the ability to help in the control of the spastic movements, seizure activity, and PTSD. Medical doctors have also recommended this terpene to help patients that are suffering from insomnia and many forms of anxiety.

Marijuana strains that contain myrcene terpenes include:

Pure Kush
Himalayan Gold
Jack Herer
Warlock CBD
Bubba Kush

Myrcene will not give you a high energy feeling; contrarily this terpene will act synergistically with THC and provide a sedative feeling. You may find that when this terpene is in the mix with THC, a bit of couch lock may present itself.

The interaction between different cannabinoids and myrcene have beneficial medical outcomes:

• Myrcene combined with CBD will decrease inflammation, help to reduce pain and helpful in fighting cancer
• Myrcene combined with CBG is an anti-cancer fighter
• Myrcene combined with THC will reduce pain, help to relax muscles, encourage sedative effects

The fragrance from myrcene is spicy clove and earthy note found in the cannabis strains that contain this terpene. Citronella and menthol are elements of myrcene; this terpene is mostly noticeably found in Indica hybrids. There have been studies that show myrcene may be 50% of the concentration of terpenes found in cannabis plants.

When terpenes like myrcene are combined with cannabinoids, they present with the entourage effect. This will produce an enhanced medically therapeutic effect that would not be reached if all that was incorporated was a single terpene or cannabinoid. More studies are needed to fully explain how myrcene can control pain in a way that mimics the use of the debilitating opioids that are prescribed by health providers. The added beauty of the strain is its ability to reduce many types of anxiety concerns. Myrcene will not produce the side effects of addiction, eliminating the concern when opioids are used for pain control today.

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