Myrcene – The Most Prevalent of Cannabis Terpenes

Myrcene is a very common cannabis terpene and on this page, you can find a full list of strains that it is present in. In fact, in modern commercial cannabis, myrcene is the most abundant terpene, representing more than 20% of a strain’s terpene profile on average. Beyond cannabis, the terpene is also very common in hops, and it gives beer its peppery, spicy aromas.

There is a common misconception that strains with lots of myrcene will have indica effects and those with less will have sativa effects. However, analysis of lab data suggests that this is not the case. On the other hand, there is a long history of herbs containing myrcene being used to help people sleep; but as yet, no formal research or controlled studies have been carried out to find out if myrcene has soporific properties.

There have been studies carried out in Brazil suggesting that myrcene can help to reduce pain, but further work is needed. There is also more research needed into the terpene’s anti-inflammatory effects and its potential to block the cancer-causing effects of aflatoxins. However, it certainly adds a wonderful aroma to cannabis and there is every chance that future research will find many more benefits.

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