If you love weed as much as we do, you probably enjoy learning new things about it. Sometimes we forget that this incredible plant is made up of hundreds of compounds that work together to make the magic that is marijuana. But for this story, we want to focus on the question so many of us ask ourselves (especially when we’re stoned): what is it about weed that gets us high? We know THC is the dominant psychoactive cannabinoid, but guess what, it’s not the only star.
Enter terpenes, the unassuming, unsung heroes of cannabis. And we’re here to talk about them with you, specifically myrcene–and it’s one incredible powerhouse of a compound. Read on and get buzzed on the wonders of myrcene.
Terpenes: The Language of Plants
Terpene profiles are cannabis’ love language. These volatile compounds work alongside cannabinoids to produce each strain’s unique effects. But that’s not all they do, as terpenes are also responsible for the smell and taste of each strain. Most strains will have one or two dominant terpenes, but there may be several working in harmony together to create this synergistic phenomenon known as the entourage effect.
The specific combination of terpenes and cannabinoids is like the blueprint for what we can expect to feel from smoking it. Or, if you’re into music, it’s like perfect vocal harmony coming together at just the right pitch. In fact, cannabis loves music, making it an audiophile of the plant kingdom. Some say they prefer certain sounds like jazz, classical music, or far-out electrical tunes made from keyboards and synthesizers. All musical tastes aside, we like to think of terpenes and cannabinoids colliding to create a masterpiece of the highest order–one that’s meant to be loved and shared by everyone.
Myrcene Terpene Overview
Myrcene is pronounced [mur-seen] or [myr-seen]. Both are acceptable ways to say the name of this dominant and delightful terpene. Myrcene is the most prevalent terpene found in cannabis, and it shows up frequently in many strains you may recognize and enjoy.
To help you recognize myrcene in your next pre-rolled joint, here’s a breakdown of what it tastes and smells like and where you might find it in nature.
What Does Myrcene Smell Like?
Myrcene falls into the ‘earthy’ terpene category. It’s rich and dense like fresh soil, but with a bit of a bite. It’s quite pungent in concentration, and you may recognize its smell wafting outside of a brewery. Why’s that? Because myrcene is in hops, one of the main ingredients in those boldly flavored craft beers we call IPAs. There is a subtle sweetness underneath the musky aroma, but to get a real feel for myrcene, you must taste it.
What Does Myrcene Taste Like?
Most people associate the taste of myrcene with mangoes. Mango indeed contains a decent amount of myrcene, and its fruity flavor does contain a hint of musk. But myrcene’s flavor profile has even more depth as you let it linger on your lips. Black peppery spice, with sneaky warming notes of clove and cardamom, all commingled with the mellow sweetness of a ripened mango. It’s the bite in sweet basil, a zip of lemongrass, and the indescribable essence of ylang-ylang. We can’t say that myrcene is the best terpene (we love them all), but it’s pretty darn good.
Aside from its alluring flavor, myrcene is best known for its sedative effects. This makes sense since it amps up the properties of THC, promoting deep rest and relaxation. Heavy myrcene strains make for excellent nighttime companions, especially when you want to chill out and sink into a luxurious sleep. Some studies suggest that these sedating properties hold the potential for reducing anxiety and calming the nerves.
Early research also indicates that myrcene has plenty of medicinal benefits like inhibiting tumor growth, reducing inflammation, and tackling musculoskeletal pain. Its analgesic and tranquilizer-like properties are beloved by patients and anyone looking to relieve back pain and joint stiffness or in times of physical recovery after illness or injury.
Cannabis Strains With Myrcene
Myrcene is found in heavier percentages in indica strains, but it still shows up in plenty of sativas alongside other dominant terpenes.
- OG Kush
- Northern Lights
- Green Crack
- Orange Crush
- Sour Tsunami
- Fruit Punch
- Cotton Candy
- Kosher Kush
- Grape OG
- Honey Badger Haze
- Grandaddy Purple
- Maui Wowie
- Strawberry Durban Diesel
- Bruce Banner
- Peppermint Pie
- Strawberry Cough
- Lemon Haze
- 9 lb Hammer
- SFV OG
Some well-known heavy hitters are on this list, so be prepared for a potent puff. Whether you enjoy sativa or indica, you’ll have no trouble finding a myrcene-rich strain that will have you smiling with bliss.
Have a Little Myrcene Any Time You Like
Myrcene is a tasty and potent terpene, and smoking a little weed is a great way to gain its wonderful benefits. But Myrcene also got us thinking about other ways to harness and share its lively powers–particularly, its feel-good scent. So we created our very own myrcene Terpene Air Fresheners, which you can grab for $4.20 at Old Pal Provisions. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can throw in pinene and limonene air fresheners for a terpene trio that’s just $9.
What better way to enjoy terpenes anytime you’d like?