Myrcene is a natural organic compound classified as a monoterpene, which is commonly found in various plants, including cannabis. It is a highly abundant terpene and is known for its distinct aroma and potential therapeutic properties.
In terms of scent, myrcene is characterized by its earthy, musky, and herbal aroma with hints of citrus and fruity undertones. It is responsible for the recognizable “skunky” smell often associated with certain cannabis strains. Myrcene’s aroma contributes to the overall scent profile of cannabis and interacts with other compounds, such as cannabinoids, to produce what is known as the “entourage effect.
One interesting fact about myrcene is that it is believed to play a role in determining the effects and characteristics of different cannabis strains. It has been suggested that strains with higher myrcene content tend to have more sedative and relaxing effects, while strains with lower myrcene levels may be more energizing. This is because myrcene is thought to enhance the permeability of cell membranes in the body, allowing for better absorption of other compounds like cannabinoids.
Beyond its aromatic properties, myrcene has been investigated for its potential therapeutic benefits. It is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties, making it potentially useful in managing pain and reducing inflammation. Myrcene has also been studied for its potential analgesic (pain-relieving), antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties.
In addition to cannabis, myrcene is found in other plants and fruits, such as hops, lemongrass, mangoes, and thyme. It is worth noting that consuming foods high in myrcene, such as mangoes, may potentially enhance the effects of cannabis due to the compound’s ability to interact with the endocannabinoid system.
Extraction of myrcene from cannabis can be achieved through various methods, such as steam distillation or solvent extraction. The resulting myrcene-rich oil or extract can be used in different applications, including aromatherapy, perfumes, and flavoring agents.