This blog post is part of Understanding Terpenes—a short series devoted to educating our audience on a few of the main terpenes in CBD and why they are so important. Terpenes are aromatic compounds responsible for giving cannabis and other plants their distinctive scents. But far from being just a treat for the nose, these helpful little molecules may have far-reaching therapeutic benefits. In this post, we will provide a brief overview of Myrcene.
The most abundant terpene in cannabis is myrcene. Its unmistakable fruity, earthy aroma can be detected in many other plants as well. Lemongrass, verbena, cardamom, cloves, hops, mangoes, and West Indian bay tree all contain this fragrant natural chemical.
Utilized in the perfume and fragrance industry, myrcene is used as an intermediate in preparing other scents such as lavender, menthol, geranium, and citronella.
The presence of myrcene in marijuana is said to contribute to the experience of “couch lock” that sometimes comes with smoking particular strains, and the compound increases the psychoactive qualities of THC.
However, myrcene itself is non-psychoactive and its inclusion in full-spectrum hemp-sourced CBD may be beneficial for relaxation, calming, and sedation. These qualities are particularly important for those who take CBD as a potential anti-anxiety agent. Myrcene may also be effective in fighting insomnia.
Numerous studies suggest that like many other terpenes, Myrcene acts as a potent anti-inflammatory by inhibiting the inflammatory response of other chemicals and may be effective in treating asthma, allergies, and chronic bronchitis.