Myrcene is the most common terpene in cannabis and is also one of the most easily-recognizable terpenes thanks to its particular earthy, spicy, clove-like aroma. It is commonly found in hops, basil, citrus, eucalyptus, lemongrass and mango.
Myrcene is one of the reasons cannabis gets its reputation as a sedative. Strains with high levels of myrcene (more than 0.5%) are considered indicas and have a strongly sedative effect, while strains with low levels actually have an energizing effect. As a result, high-myrcene strains can be very effective in relieving insomnia.
MStudies have also shown myrcene to be a potent analgesic. It has a big advantage over pain relief drugs containing opioids in that it does not cause tolerance, while still behaving in a dose-dependent manner (meaning that as the dosage increases, the effects also increase). Research also shows that myrcene acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory.
In addition to myrcene’s sedative and pain-relieving qualities, myrcene is unique among terpenes in that it actually increases the maximum saturation level of the CB1 receptors in the brain, which in turn increases the potential intoxicating effects of cannabis.
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