Terpene Spotlight: Myrcene

The myrcene terpine strand shown in concentrate, flower, and next to a sliced mango.

We’ve talked before on this blog about how terpenes affect a product’s scent and flavor, as well as how your body reacts to it. One of the most commonly found terpenes is myrcene.  We wanted to take a deeper dive into this terpene. What is it, where do you find it, and does the myrcene terpene have any benefits aside from taste and aroma?

Let’s take a closer look at this terpene and what you need to know about it.

Myrcene is the most commonly found terpene in commercial cannabis products. It has a more herbal scent and is believed to have calming effects.

Where do you find myrcene?

Like we said earlier, myrcene is one of the most commonly found terpenes in commercial cannabis. Leafly found myrcene represents over 20% of the terpene profile in modern commercial strains, compared to the second-most popular terpene caryophyllene at around 14%.

Myrcene is also the most likely to be dominant in cannabis flower. Interestingly enough, when picked at random, most cannabis flower is myrcene-dominant about 40% of the time!

Many popular strains of cannabis are myrcene-dominant, including OG Kush and Blue Dream.

What does myrcene taste like?

According to Weedmaps, myrcene-forward products are usually described as spicy, earthy, and musky. There are some sweet undertones, though, often compared to mango or other fruity flavors.

Myrcene is often found in thyme and lemongrass.

What does myrcene do?

While there is still a lot of research to be done, the potential benefits of the myrcene terpene are very promising. Studies show that myrcene cannabis products can be used as an anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor assistance. They can also be used as an antioxidant and antimicrobial.

These products may also be used as a sedative and a muscle relaxant, although this still needs more research to be confirmed.

What myrcene cannabis product is right for me?

If you want to try a product with myrcene in it, we’re happy to help! A lot of products list terpenes right on the label, but our budtenders can also assist you in picking out the product that fits your needs the best.

Wayne Releaf is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. We proudly serve Wayne County and surrounding Washtenaw and Oakland counties.

Visit our dispensary and our team will help you select the perfect product.

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