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July 03, 2020

Cannabis Terpenes Part 3. Myrcene. Strains and Effects

What is so special about terpenes that we are dedicating a third article to them? Find out.

If you had not read the previous series on terpenes, check out Part 1 and Part 2.

Terpenes are a new and delightful trend in cannabis consumption. Using terpenes allows you to enhance your experience. Lots of consumers are starting to pay attention to the terpene profile in flower and the interest in terpenes is on the rise. Knowing your terpenes lets you control your experience and focus on the desired effects and making them predictable.

In today’s article we will talk about Myrcene that is often called the King of Terpenes.

What Is So Special About Myrcene?

There are more than 100 types of terpenes in cannabis plants. In part 1 we talked about the most common ones, and briefly mentioned a unique and valuable one - Myrcene.
Only the cannabis plant has a high content of this terpene and it provides a peculiar scent and flavor. You will never confuse this earthy and sweet scent with any other plant. Not all strains have the same concentration of Myrcene in them - in some it could reach up to 50% of the total amount of terpenes, and in some it is way less.

What Are the Benefits of Myrcene?

The main criteria that has a direct effect on our high experience is the level of absorption. How much of the substance is getting into our body? Alcohol for example has a significantly low level of absorption as our body tries to get rid of the toxic liquid through the excretory system. Myrcene and cannabis itself seem to be a much better investment if we are talking about a nice and easy way to relax. In some cases, absorption of Myrcene could reach up to 100%. It depends on the strain and the way you consume cannabis.

The unique role of Myrcene is displayed in combination with other terpenes in the flower. The benefits of myrcene include the delivery of other cannabis molecules into your body and absorbing them.

What Does the Terpene Myrcene Do?

Myrcene is a natural hydrocarbon classified as a monoterpene. It consists of only two organic compounds. On the one hand, this connection is weak, and it could easily break down. On the other hand, it works perfectly if we are talking about the ability of this molecule to move and be absorbed by our body. Molecules of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids are quite big in comparison with Myrcene and it is more difficult for them to cross various borders in our bodies.

Technically, when you are smoking, you breathe in cannabis molecules and they are absorbed through your lungs. Of course, it depends on how healthy and ‘new’ your lungs are. Smoking a strain with high THC levels without Myrcene molecules doesn’t provide a 100% guarantee that it will enter your bloodstream. In this case, the ‘high’ effect would be rather low.

Overall, the Myrcene terpene effects include euphoria, enhanced relaxation and calm, to the point of severe couch lock.

How Can Terpenes Help to Absorb THC and Other Cannabinoids?

This is where Myrcene comes into play. It works as a guide that helps cannabinoid molecules to get right into your bloodstream by breaking barriers in your brain. Myrcene is even used for medical purposes as a pre-dose to get the most effect of opioids. It means that a smart combination of knowledge about Myrcene and cannabinoids can ensure a faster and enhanced high.

This approach to terpenes is quite recent. Before this, cannabis strains were usually differentiated on the basis of cannabinoid levels. Focusing on the absorption and whether you are getting all the benefits or only a part of them is the new way of looking at the subject matter.

What Strains Are High in Myrcene?

Are you ready to try a new approach to cannabis consumption? Maybe you have already tried these strains, and if not, it’s time to broaden your horizons with Myrcene rich strains like Kosher Kush, Silver OG or Glue, They also have high THC content, so with the right approach they may just take you to a whole new level.

High Mango

Mango is among the plants containing Myrcene in it. Doesn’t it sound like one of the best tasting terpenes? Mango can become your sweet little helper before cannabis consumption. Some people say that eating mango 40-45 minutes before lighting up results in a faster onset of psychoactive effects as well as greater intensity. The secret is Myrcene contained in mango. It prepares your body like a warm-up in sports. In this case, you are likely to have the greater effects from a smaller dose. And it is always nice to try new things and elevate your experience.

We will definitely hear a lot more about terpenes in the upcoming years. There is plenty of research taking place to learn more about this group of molecules and its potential, both for medical and recreational purposes.

Stay tuned for more on terpenes!

Read More:

Cannabis Terpenes Part 1. What Are Terpenes and What Do They Do

Cannabis Terpenes Part 2. How to Use Them Right and Get the Most Benefits

Cannabis Terpenes Part 4. Limonene - Effects and Benefits, Rich Strains

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