It’s been a while since we had some content posted so let’s change that with a quick look at the most abundant terpene found in cannabis, β-Myrcene. If you want a refresher on some other terpene-centric posts check them out here.
β-Myrcene gives cannabis strains a mildly sweet flavor profile and provides scent notes that are spicy, earthy and musky. β-Myrcene is found naturally in the essential oils of plants such as cannabis, lemongrass, verbena and bay, as well as in citrus fruits and citrus juices. Interestingly enough, β-Myrcene concentrations are high in hops and are largely responsible for the earthy smell and flavor of beer.
Cannabis strains with high concentrations of myrcene (>0.5% myrcene), are likely to cause sedation or the “couch-lock effect”, which is classically attributed to indicas. In contrast, strains low in β-myrcene (<0.5%) are likely to cause a more energetic “high”.
Although more studies need to be conducted, β-Myrcene reported health benefits include analgesic, sedative, antidiabetic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anticancer effects.
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