Terpene Focus: Myrcene

It's no secret that cannabis secretes specific aromas distinct to each strain. Whether it's a berry, pine, mint, citrus, or a combination of other scents, what you smell are terpenes.

So what are terpenes exactly? They are aromatic oils secreted from the cannabis plant within the same glands that produce cannabinoids. Terpenes are not unique to cannabis and when you hear about essential oils, they are actually just the collection of terpenes from a plant (for example: lavender essential oil is just terpenes extracted from the lavender plant).

There are over a hundred terpenes found in cannabis and every cannabis strain tends to have a unique terpene profile. Terpenes give cannabis their distinct "flavor" and may also help in differentiating the effects of specific strains: anti-stress, relaxation, focus, and even mind sharpness. The effects can be subtle, and these effect profiles change when combined with other compounds. This phenomenon is called the entourage effect, whereby the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. An example is myrcene, it works on its own and by enhancing the effects of THC on sedation, making you more tired.

At TruPotency.com, we value transparency. We make sure you know what goes into each of our products. Our independent labs test terpene content to make sure you understand the efficacies of each product. The potential for terpene combinations is endless and can be confusing. We eliminate that confusion by providing you with results acquired through rigorous testing by our expert team of cannabis scientists and doctors.

Widely abundant in commercial cannabis, and commonly found in most “relaxing” strains, is myrcene. The potential effect of this terpene is sedation, relaxation, and pain relief. With these effects, myrcene can potentially be useful in the treatment of insomnia, inflammation, and pain.

What is myrcene?

Terpenes give cannabis strains their distinct fragrance and flavor, as well as their potential medical or therapeutic benefits. One of these terpenes is myrcene.  Myrcene is not exclusive to cannabis. You will find myrcene in other plants. Hops— it's what gives beer their distinct aroma and flavors, mango, thyme, and lemongrass all contain myrcene. Myrcene is one of the most abundant terpenes found in cannabis production. Cannabis strains classified as indica, sativa, or hybrid can contain high levels of myrcene, but myrcene is most commonly associated with relaxing and sedative indica strains.

Potential Therapeutic Effects

  • As a sedative or muscle relaxant - Long believed to have medicinal properties, myrcene-infused teas (cannabis or otherwise) are used to treat common medical conditions. In many cultures' folk medicine, lemongrass is a natural sedative and muscle relaxant. The use of lemongrass is prevalent in traditional Mexican medicine due to its innate myrcene content.
  • For pain and inflammation - In Brazil, lemongrass tea claims to have anti-anxiety and pain relief properties. A study showed that myrcene from lemongrass might reduce pain as demonstrated by increased opioid chemicals in the brain and spinal cord. However, like sedative claims, there are not enough controlled human trials to determine myrcene as having pain-relieving properties on its own — and especially from cannabis.

Why we need more research on myrcene

With the lack of controlled human trials regarding myrcene in cannabis, it is unclear if the benefits are due to the isolated terpene or a full spectrum of cannabinoid and terpene combinations. Further studies are needed to determine this. At TruPotency.com, we commit to continue learning the benefits of these cannabinoid and terpene ratios. Use our guide to help you find the CBD products suited to your needs. Along with our 100% CBD brands, we have an array of full spectrum products designed and tested to deliver therapeutic benefits.

 

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These CBD drops are designed to help you get the sleep you need. CBN is the main cannabinoid that will add to the sedative effect, but the drops also have moderate levels of CBC that can help relieve pain keeping you awake as well. The drops include many terpenes, like myrcene, that can act synergistically with the cannabinoids to enhance their effect, giving you greater pain relief, reduced stress, and better sleep.