Myrcene: King of the Terps
Last time we dropped in with a little cannabis science lesson, we discussed the basic properties of terpenes – one of the primary compound groups that help determine how cannabis affects us. This time, we’re going to highlight the specific properties of one of the main terpenes found in cannabis – Myrcene.
Like most terpenes, Myrcene is commonly found in many other members of the plant kingdom, such hops, thyme, basil, and other herbs. Myrcene can be detected in almost every single variety of cannabis, and can be identified by its somewhat hop-like aroma, also sometimes clove-like, earthy and sweet.
Myrcene, perhaps most notably, is the primary sedating compound in cannabis. In higher concentrations, it can create sleepy or relaxing feelings. This sometimes produces the notorious “couch-locking” effects commonly associated with some cultivars (often described as “indicas” by much of the cannabis community). Myrcene is also known for its anti-inflammatory, antifungal and pain relieving properties.
Interestingly, Myrcene has also been known to aid in the absorption of cannabinoids across the blood-brain barrier, effectively increasing both the psychoactive and medicinal properties of cannabinoids on our bodies. This is why it is often theorized that ingesting fruits like mangoes, which are also known to have high concentrations of Myrcene, will enhance the effects of cannabis if the fruit is eaten beforehand.
Thank you for reading, folks. Catch us next time for more cannabis science!