Myrcene is known for its sedative, analgesic (pain relief), and anti-inflammatory qualities. It also works synergistically with the cannabinoid THC by enhancing its properties and creating a more powerful experience.
Think of terpenes as even purer forms of essential oils. They are the chemical compounds that are responsible for a plant’s aroma, flavor, and physiological effects. Terpenes are present in cannabis, as well as many other plants, herbs, and fruits.
Myrcene Qualities & Benefits
Aroma & Taste: Myrcene is an earthy, musky terpene with a fruity, grape-like aroma and notes of clove. It is found in hops and is responsible for the peppery, minty balsam aromas in beer.
Sleep Aid: For those struggling with insomnia, myrcene is a natural remedy for falling and staying asleep. In fact, studies show that myrcene can even double sleep duration.
Pain Relief: Throughout history, myrcene has been used as a natural painkiller, and modern studies confirm its analgesic (pain relieveing) properties. It is often recommended to help with headaches, migraines, arthritis, and other chronic pain.
Anti-inflammatory: Studies show that myrcene is a powerful anti-inflammatory, especially with osteoarthritis. Since inflammation underlies many diseases and forms of chronic pain, myrcene is currently the subject of many medical research studies.
Anti-mutagenic: Studies show that myrcene naturally reduces the toxic and mutagenic effects of chemotherapy. Similarly, it can also reduce the creation of sister chromatid exchange (SCE), which is considered a possible indicator of cancer.
Cannabis Cultivars: Cultivars known for their myrcene profiles are OG Kush, Granddaddy Purple, and Mango Tango.
How to use our Terpenes:
Terpenes can be enjoyed aromatically, topically, or ingested in foods and drinks. Many people love adding them to diffusers, serums, lotions, even cocktails.
Terpenes are not psychoactive and do not contain cannabinoids, but they are still very powerful. They should always be diluted and are not intended to be used at full potency. Similar to essential oils, terpenes do not mix with water, but they can be diluted with carrier oils and alcohol.
How to dilute our Terpenes:
As a general rule of thumb, we recommend using no more than a 1% concentration by volume. This equates to about 1-2 drops per 8 oz.
- Carrier Oils: Add 1-2 drops per 8 oz. of volume and mix well. For topical or aromatic use, further additions should be added and tested in 1-2 drop increments. We recommend using MCTs, virgin coconut oil, hemp oil, extra virgin olive oil, or avocado oil.
- Alcohol/Spirits: Add 1 drop per glass. Add to glass and swirl, or use as a bitters.
- Wine/Beer/Cider: Add 1 drop per glass. Add to glass and swirl.
- Soda Water: Add 1 drop per glass. Though terpenes do not mix with water, we’ve found that carbonation enhances the aroma and taste of the terpene.
To obtain more consistent results, measure precisely with instruments like pipettes, graduated cylinders, and burets.