What is Myrcene?
Myrcene is the most common terpene found in a number of different cannabis strains including hybrids, sativas and indicas. Cannabis plants with significant levels of myrcene tend to emit a smell similar to cloves and hops. Many describe the scent of myrcene dominant strains as peppery, spicy, and herbal. Myrcene rich strains offer both sedative and analgesic effects helping consumers sleep through the night while reducing inflammation. Research has shown that myrcene can stimulate the release of endogenous opioids in the body that would be beneficial for users suffering from pain that would be treated with aspirin. Conversely, high amounts of myrcene have been shown to increase anxiety in patients and may want to be avoided for some users.
Medicinal Benefits of Myrcene
Currently, there is not enough research to claim that myrcene is a proven treatment for any medical ailment. Exploratory tests have shown myrcene to be effective treating inflammation and sleep deprivation, but human testing has been very limited over the years. Lemongrass tea with high levels of myrcene has been used as a pain reliever in different regions across the globe.Some research has shown that myrcene may block the cancer-causing effects of aflatoxins that can be present in foods. Myrcene is able to inhibit the enzyme that can damage our DNA. Myrcene has been shown to produce anti-mutagen, antioxidant, and antimicrobial benefits in high doses but additional research is needed.
Common Cannabis Strains with MyrceneMyrcene is present on several cannabis plants but rarely at such a level that would be effective at fighting a disease. Anyone researching myrcene as a form of treatment should consult with their physician to discuss appropriate dosing and methods of consumption. Below you’ll see a list of common cannabis strains with high levels of myrcene.
- Blue Dream
- Grape Ape
- OG Kush
- Grandaddy Purple
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