Happy Terpene Tuesday!
To start things off we are going to be talking about Myrcene! Pronunciation: Meer-seen.
However, first things is first what the heck is a terpene?
Terpenes are the compounds that are responsible for how most plants smell. These are present in cannabis but also other plants, fruit, herbs, etc. Each terpene has its’ own effects and health benefits that are enhanced synergistically with other terpenes, THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids that are found in cannabis. There are a lot of studies about terpenes on it's own and how effective they can be, but with the rise of cannabis there is now more focused research on how the terpenes interact with all the other elements present in cannabis. This is otherwise know as the Entourage Effect!
What is the Entourage Effect?
This is the theory that the full spectrum of the cannabis plan works best together! The interaction between all of the compounds and elements from a cannabis plant (phytocannabinoids, terpenes, CBD, THC, cannabinoids, etc) all come together to further enhance their effects more so than each part individually.
How do they all work together?
Our favorite analogy over here at Chalice is driving a car on terpene highway! Now the THC is the gas pedal and CBD is the brake. The exits along the highway are going to be the terpenes. These “exits” are how you want to feel or what direction you want to take your high. For example: You want an appetite inducer or a sleep aid, etc. you would turn down that highway or select a strain with that terpene or terpenes.
Now no cannabis plant will only have 1 terpene present as each plant contains multiple health enhancing compounds. But, they will have a dominant terpene percentage. However, Myrcene specifically is one of the most common terpenes found in cannabis – sometimes called “the mother of all terpenes”
Now, back to Myrcene! What is it found in?
Hops, Lemongrass, Mango, Basil, Bay leaves, and of course cannabis!
What does it smell like?
Earthy, Peppery, Spicy, Balsam which is the fragrance in beer.
What strains are pre-dominantly Myrcene heavy?
Blue Dream, OG Kush, 9 Pound Hammer, and Harlequin.
What effects/benefits does Myrcene offer?
Myrcene is known to promote very calming and relaxing effects, and when paired with the right terpenes sedating effects. Myrcene is also know for improving sleep, reducing pain and can even act as a muscle relaxer. Especially when paired with THC. So, you can count on all strains that have a Myrcene percentage to reduce pain to some degree which can be extremely beneficial for both medical and recreational consumers. It is also known to help strengthen the immune system.
Myrcene is usually found within Indica-Dominant strains but not always this is why terpenes are important! Myrcene regulates other terpenes and cannabinoids enhancing or buffering the analgesic (antibiotic) or anti-inflammatory effects. When paired with terpenes like Pinene and Limonene it can increase Sativa-like effects such as reducing depression, very cerebral focused, anxiety free, happy and giggly (like Blue Dream). When paired with Humulene and Caryophyllene it can help induce sleep as well as help you stay asleep (like 9 Pound Hammer).