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Myrcene Terpenes: What is Myrcene?

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Cannabis plants have an ample amount of myrcene terpenes in them, but what are they? In this guide, we’ll explain:

  • What is Myrcene?
  • What Does it Smell and Taste Like?
  • What are the Effects of Myrcene?
  • Where Can You Find Myrcene Terpenes?
  • What Strains are Heavy in Myrcene?

Are you wondering: what’s a terpene? Then check out our terpenes guide.
 

What is Myrcene?

Myrcene, also sometimes called alpha myrcene or beta myrcene, is one of the most prevalent terpenes in cannabis, and it’s yet another terpene that contributes to the entourage effect when using cannabis. The entourage effect encompasses the idea that all cannabinoids, including THC, and terpenes work together to create the effects consumers feel when using marijuana.
 

What Does Myrcene Smell and Taste Like?

Like other terpenes, myrcene tends to have an earthy scent that some cannabis consumers equate to balsam. Still, others suggest they note a hint of sweetness in the scent of myrcene, similar to clove. If you’ve ever smelled a mango and noted it’s earthy sweet smell, that could be partly due to myrcene, which is abundant in mangos.

As for taste, myrcene is also found in hops—the kind used in making beer—and it’s one terpene that aids in giving beer its peppery flavor notes. Myrcene has a lower boiling point than other terpenes found in hops and tends to be present in higher amounts in dried hops than in beer, meaning that much is boiled off in the process.
 

What Are the Effects of Myrcene?

Terpenes affect individuals differently, and it’s important to keep that in mind when you’re seeking out terpene-rich cannabis products. Research has only just started to dig into the potentially powerful effects that terpenes may have in the human body. Early research suggests that myrcene may have a sedative effect, aid in the growth of protective mucous lining in the GI tract, and another study showed it helped to inhibit tumor growth.

It is possible that if the sedative effects of myrcene are accurate as some studies suggest, that it could be useful for people who experience anxiety. However, similar to all cannabis-related terpenes, more research is needed to fully understand beta myrcene effects.
 

Where Can You Find Myrcene Terpenes?

Myrcene is available in a wide variety of plants, including cannabis, herbs, and even fruits. Some examples include lemongrass, eucalyptus, mangoes, thyme, basil, and the aforementioned hops.
 

What Strains Are Heavy in Myrcene?

Many marijuana strains contain myrcene, but some of them possess a little more than others. We’ve compiled a list of our favorite myrcene-rich strains:

  • Birthday Cake or Birthday Cake Kush: When you combine Girl Scout Cookies and Cherry Pie, this is what you get: a sweet-flavored indica-dominant hybrid.
     
  • Skunk XL: Skunk XL is a balanced hybrid made from 50% indica and 50% sativa. Despite its name, it has a sweet, fruity taste.
     
  • White Widow: This hybrid strain started in the Netherlands but has grown in popularity around the world for its large buds covered in white resin.
     
  • Special Kush #1 or Special Kush: This indica strain hails from the Afghanistan/Pakistan region and boasts a rich, earthy flavor.
     
  • Agent Orange: Agent Orange gets its name from its scent: fresh-cut oranges. It’s a hybrid strain created from the cross between Orange Velvet and Jack the Ripper.
     
  • Jillybean: This hybrid marijuana strain offers a citrus flavor with a hint of mango, likely due to the fact that it’s rich in myrcene.
     
  • Critical Kush: Combine Critical Mass and OG Kush, and this is what you get. Critical Kush is a potent indica strain popular among cannabis consumers.
     
  • ACDC: ACDC is a unique hybrid cannabis strain because it is predominantly CBD. In fact, it has only about 1% THC.
     
  • Kosher Tangie: This hybrid strain offers a skunky citrus flavor thanks to its parent plants: Kosher Kush and Tangie.
     
  • Grape Ape: Grape Ape is a beautiful indica marijuana bud with deep purple leaves and a unique, grape-like smell.
     
  • Purple Urkle: Another grape-flavored flower, Purple Urkle is an indica strain popular for its complex flavors.
     

Speaking of strains and myrcene, we get this question a lot:

So is myrcene an indica or a sativa? The answer is that it’s neither. Myrcene is a terpene found typically indica-dominant strains but it’s in sativa-dominant strains too at a lesser amount.

Interested in trying one of these strains? Check out the Verilife Product Menus in your area to see if these buds are available near you.

Should You Try Myrcene-Rich Marijuana?

The cannabis products you enjoy all depend on you. So while we can’t tell you to try it, if you enjoy experimenting with new marijuana flower and products, it could be a great option for you. If you’re still unsure, don’t hesitate to visit us at our licensed Verilife dispensary locations. Our cannabis experts can answer your questions and help you find the right products and tools for you.

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