Terpene Spotlight: Myrcene ~ The THC Enhancer
Myrcene is one of many beneficial terpenes found in cannabis. It’s recognizable by its musky, spicy aroma, like that of earthy cloves. It occurs naturally in all kinds of plants, including mango, hops, lemongrass, bay and thyme.
It’s myrcene that decides whether a strain is indica or sativa. If a cannabis plant has more than .05% of this terpene, it becomes an indica. If you’re looking for strain high in it, look to indica!
Its effects are sedative and it has been shown helpful in treating spasmodic and seizure disorders. It also has anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory properties making strains high in this terpene beneficial for cancer treatment and pain management.
Popular strains that are commonly high in this terpene include Dutch Treat, AK-47, Purple Afghani, OG Kush and White Widow.
One of its other benefits is that it enhances the cannabinoid receptors in the brain, increasing its ability to absorb cannabinoids like THC and CBD.
Mango is exceptionally high in it. Eating fresh mango approximately 45 minutes before consuming cannabis will increase its effects!
Summary: Myrcene, identified by its spicy, clove aroma is responsible for the “couch-lock” effect of many indica strains. It provides pain relief, helps reduce inflammation and has been used as a folk remedy for diabetes. Its sedative effects make strains high in it good for treating insomnia.
Check out these myrcene-rich indica strains: