Given their aromatherapeutic benefits and their assistance with cannabinoids, each Tuesday, we will dive into a specific terpene, explaining their health benefits and therapeutic qualities.
Although the cannabis plant is most famous for its cannabinoids THC and CBD, it’s recently been discovered how important terpenes actually are to cannabis cultivation and consumption. There are over 200 different terpenes in various concentrations in a cannabis plant, however there are about 10 terpenes that occur most commonly and in greatest concentrations, which are called primary terpenes. Additionally, there are about 20 more secondary terpenes that occur in smaller concentrations. (see our previous blog “Terpenes”)
Along with their therapeutic benefits, terpenes also play an integral role in the the absorption of cannabinoids into your body. They assist cannabinoids in passing the blood-brain barrier, binding to receptors in the endocannabinoid system, helping to encourage analgesic responses.
This week we’ve chosen the primary terpene “Myrcene” to feature as our spotlight terpene, as it is the terpene most frequently found in cannabis plants. Myrcene is a terpene found in basil, lemongrass, eucalyptus, bay leaves, and thyme, but is perhaps best known for being present in mangoes in high concentrations. It accounts for the recognizable smell emitted by many popular cannabis strains and is often referred to as one of the most “earthy” smelling varieties, featuring musky notes very similar to cloves.
Strains containing more than 0.5% myrcene are most likely to induce a sedative effect classically attributed to Indica strains, making it ideal for patients dealing with chronic pain and inflammation. It has been shown to have great healing potential as a powerful antibiotic, antimutagenic, and an effective analgesic and muscle relaxant. Its signature sedative effects make it an excellent strain for people who suffer from sleep disorders, like insomnia. Its anti-inflammatory properties help with relieving pain and bodily discomfort and has even been shown to be an effective anti-proliferative against cell mutations that could cause cancer.
Myrcene is most abundant in the following strains: Great White Shark, Granddaddy Purple, OG Kush (and Kush varieties), Diesel, Blueberry.
It should be noted that myrcene is present in almost all strains that are available in our dispensaries, while the strains mentioned above are significantly myrcene dominant.