Myrcene – The Mother of All Terpenes
Recent cannabis research has revealed that certain terpenes have medicinal benefits in and of themselves. Terpenes can be used without any of the psychoactive effects of THC-bearing marijuana. True Blue products make it possible for these medicinal benefits to be added back into concentrates, extracts, and even CBD-dominant buds. While there are literally hundreds of unique terpenes found in cannabis, one of them stands above the rest in how commonly occuring it is and in its uniquely identifiable medicinal effects: Myrcene (or β-myrcene).
A Fundamental Terpene
Myrcene is a monoterpene, which means that it has one of the simplest chemical structures of any aroma molecule. This also means it is a fundamental building block for other more complex terpenes. Other examples of monoterpenes include limonene, pinene, and linalool – all of which can be found in many of the most popular cannabis strains out there. But myrcene is on a whole other level as it accounts for a whopping 50% of all terpene content found in individual strains!
Where Do Myrcene Terpenes Come From?
Terpene research has identified significant myrcene content in the following plants:
- Lemon grass
- West Indian Bay Tree
Flavor/Aroma Profile Of Myrcene Terpenes
As you might imagine from the list above, the smell and taste of myrcene terpenes can best be described as earthy or musky with a slight hint of fruit.
The Mango Theory – Fact or Fiction?
There is a widely circulated theory among cannabis users that eating a ripe mango prior to consuming cannabis can significantly enhance your high and that this is due to its high myrcene content. Like a lot of so-called “stoner wisdom,” this theory is a confusing combination of legitimate science and false Internet hype.
It may be that mangos do in some way improve your high, but it’s not going to be from myrcene. Scientific research into this topic is limited so there is no clear answer here. That being said, it’s probably best to treat this idea with a heavy dose of skepticism.
Black Pepper – The Opposite End of the Spectrum
As this whole mango business shows, plenty of people are curious about ways to boost their high. But what if you have the opposite problem? What if you’re looking for a way to reduce that paranoid feeling that is characteristic of so many weed strains out there? The answer (and there is substantial scientific research to back this up) is actually a simple household cooking ingredient – black pepper. Black pepper balls are rich in beta-caryophyllene, a terpenoid with strong anti-anxiety properties. Because of the entourage effect, these terpenoids have a synergistic relationship with the cannabinoid THC and, when consumed together, have a therapeutic, calming effect on the brain. Just chewing on a few of these can produce an almost immediate effect in users, leading to a much lighter, more relaxing high.
Which Cannabis Strains Contain Myrcene?
“A Swiss study found that most of the strains they tested contains high levels of myrcene. One strain they tested, Lovrin 110, contained over 65% myrcene,” reports MaryJanesDiary.com. This means that myrcene terpenes are complementary to almost any strain of cannabis product.
Myrcene is particularly prominent in the following strains that are derived from OG Kush:
Want to experience the benefits of myrcene terpenes in your favorite concentrate or other cannabis product? Check out any one of the strain profiles listed above or try our Mango Natural Flavoring .
Myrcene has been the dominant terpene in the world of cannabis research. Here are the medical benefits you can gain from it and why you should start using it.