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What is Myrcene?

Updated: Jan 5

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Myrcene is the most common terpene found in commercial cannabis products. Produced in the trichome just like cannabinoids, it constitutes around 20% of the average cannabis plant's terpene profile. So it plays a significant role in the smell and taste of most cannabis products.

Where Does Myrcene Come From?

Myrcene has been a part of the human diet for thousands of years. It’s commonly found in:


•Wild Thyme


•Lemon Grass



The Myrcene Flavor Profile

High levels of Myrcene have often been described as spicy, earthy, and musky scent. It has sweet undertones, which have been compared to fruity flavors such as red wine grape. In hops it’s responsible for the peppery flavor you might experience in certain beers.

What Are The Benefits of Myrcene?

In holistic Brazilian therapies, Myrcene in its natural state has been used to treat diabetes, diarrhea, dysentery, and hypertension. Myrcene is known to enhance transdermal absorption. It has significant analgesic effects. Traditionally it’s used for the following:

•Improve sleep

•Reduce pain

•Promote relaxation

•Enhance mood

•Relieve anxiety

•Relieve Stress

•Strengthen the immune system

Drawbacks of Myrcene

Although myrcene has long been used in perfumes and as a food additive, there is almost no information on its toxicological hazards.

How Much Myrcene Should I Take?

While no definitive information on Terpene consumption is available, starting slow with a small dose is best. Taking .1mg or less a day for two weeks is recommended then reassessing your dose based on your results. It’s recommended you seek advice from your doctor before pursuing Myrcene to treat any medical condition.

Myrcene and the Entourage Effect

Myrcene is a crucial component in the entourage effect. By helping with the absorption of other bioactive compounds, including other terpenes, cannabinoids, and flavonoids, Myrcene will help you get the most out of your cannabis products.

The Take-Away

Myrcene is a common and potent addition to any cannabis product. We’ve consumed it for thousands of years. It has a host of positive effects. As it relates to cannabis, there is still a lot of research that needs to be done. At this time, its benefits seem to outweigh its drawbacks. Time and research will eventually unlock all of Myrcene's secrets.


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