Myrcene

Can you guess where you might find myrcene?

That pungent, earthy, instantly recognizable scent is primarily caused by myrcene, one of the most prevalent terpenes found in cannabis.

Myrcene is known to have a strong relaxing effect. Plants containing myrcene, such as lemongrass, have been used in traditional medicine for centuries. In animal studies, myrcene was shown to have anti-inflammatory, sedative and pain-relieving properties. It can also help increase transdermal absorption, which makes it easier for other pain-relieving cannabinoids like THC to reach affected areas of the body. Additional animal research shows that myrcene can help enhance muscle relaxation and increase sleeping time.

Essential oils rich in myrcene—such as verbena, thyme and lemongrass—are used to help relieve headaches and muscle tension, applied topically to protect minor skin injuries from infection, and can be mixed with tea to improve digestion.

Hungry for Terpenes?

Experiment with some of these myrcene-rich ingredients:

  • Lemongrass
  • Mango
  • Thyme
  • Hops
  • Basil
  • Cardamom
  • Cloves
  • Chamomile

Myrcene is found in Mango