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Meet Myrcene: The Mother of Terpenes in Cannabis

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Meet Myrcene: The Mother of Terpenes in Cannabis

Meet Myrcene: The Mother of Terpenes in Cannabis

One of the most fascinating aspects of cannabis is its complex chemical makeup, which includes over 100 different compounds called terpenes. The essential oils responsible for the characteristic scents in different strains, terpenes are not only important for aroma but also have potential therapeutic effects.

The most abundant terpene in cannabis, myrcene has been the subject of various research studies exploring its potential benefits. Known as the "mother of terpenes," myrcene is also found in many other plants, including hops, thyme, and mangoes.

If you've ever felt the sedating effects of certain cannabis strains or noticed their distinct musky aroma, chances are you've experienced myrcene's influence. Not only does myrcene contribute to the unique characteristics of each strain, but it also interacts with other cannabinoids and terpenes to produce a range of effects.

Let's take a closer look at myrcene and how it plays a significant role as one of the most influential terpenes in cannabis.


Terpenes: More than just scents

Considered the building blocks of essential oils, terpenes are aromatic compounds found in various plants. They are responsible for giving plants their distinct scents and may also have therapeutic effects. Think of a lemon's citrusy smell or lavender's calming aroma – those are all thanks to terpenes.

Technically, terpenes are hydrocarbons, which means they are made up of hydrogen and carbon atoms. There are over 30,000 different terpenes identified in nature, ranging from familiar scents like pinene (found in pine needles) to more obscure ones like perilla ketone (found in the Japanese herb shiso).

In cannabis, terpenes are found in the same glands as cannabinoids (like THC and CBD), giving each strain its unique chemical makeup and resulting effects. They work synergetically with cannabinoids, enhancing their effects and potentially providing additional therapeutic benefits. When consumed together, terpenes and cannabinoids are believed to produce an "entourage effect," where the overall effects are greater than the sum of their parts.


Meet Myrcene: The mother of terpenes

With its earthy, musky fragrance and sedating effects, myrcene is the most abundant terpene in cannabis. It is also found in high levels in other plants like hops, thyme, and bay leaves. Found in over 20% of all cannabis strains, myrcene is known as the "mother of terpenes" because of its abundance and influence on other terpenes.

While more research is needed in humans, studies have shown that myrcene may have various potential therapeutic benefits when consumed through cannabis products:

Anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain-relieving) properties: One of the most promising potential benefits of myrcene is its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Studies have shown that myrcene may be able to reduce inflammation and pain, making it a possible treatment for conditions like arthritis and fibromyalgia.

Anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) and sedative effects: Myrcene also has been found to have anxiolytic, or anti-anxiety, effects. It may also contribute to sedation in certain strains of cannabis, earning it the nickname "couch-lock" terpene.

Antioxidant and protective effects: Some studies suggest that myrcene may have antioxidant properties, meaning it could potentially protect against cellular damage caused by toxins or mutagens.

Modulation of cannabinoid effects: Research has also shown that myrcene may influence the effects of cannabinoids like THC and CBD, potentially enhancing their effects or even counteracting them.

With its wide range of potential therapeutic benefits, it's no wonder why myrcene is considered one of the most influential terpenes in cannabis. However, more research is needed to fully understand its effects and mechanisms when consumed in cannabis.


Myrcene in different cannabis strains

Strains with high levels of myrcene are often associated with a faster-onset, more calming "couch-lock" type of high. If you prefer a more sedating evening strain that helps you relax and unwind, look for strains high in myrcene.

Dirty Taxi

Some popular strains with high levels of myrcene include:

Cactus Licker: This Book Club Exclusive strain (Cactus Breath x Lickz) boasts a myrcene content of 1.1% and is known for its relaxing, pain-relieving effects.

Dirty Taxi: Although its listed as a sativa, this GMO x Chem I95 cross' dominant terpene is myrcene, giving it a more sedating and calming effect than your typical sativa.

R2 FS Honey Oil: Retro's popular line of honey oils includes their R2 with over 2.5% myrcene, making it one of the most potent and sedating options on the market.

Island OJ: Orchard Cannabis' Island OJ boasts a whopping 2.1% myrcene content and is a fan favourite for its hard and heavy effects.

With over 100 products on Herbal Dispatch containing myrcene, you'll have plenty of options to choose from in your quest for the perfect myrcene-rich strain.


Myrcene's impact and potential

From its potential therapeutic benefits to its starring role in many popular cannabis strains, myrcene is a terpene worth paying attention to. While more research is needed to fully understand its effects, the evidence so far suggests that myrcene may offer significant relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, and more. If you prefer a more sedating cannabis experience, try out some strains high in myrcene and see what this "mother of terpenes" can do for you. Happy exploring!

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