Myrcene is a terpene, or an essential oil, that contributes to the scent and flavor of hemp and cannabis. This aromatic compound is the most abundant terpene found in these plants and is considered one of the 10 primary terpenes. Myrcene is a very “earthy” scented terpene with a hint of musk, similar to that of cloves. Myrcene gives off certain flavors such as red grape and balsamic.
Myrcene is known to have sedative like effects and is also found in other plants like chamomile and hops. Other examples of where Myrcene naturally occurs is in mangoes, eucalyptus, lemongrass and bay leaves. This terpene is an example of a compound that works with CBD to provide relief from ailments by correcting imbalances in the endocannabinoid system (ECS). When the ECS is out of balance, people can struggle with issues like anxiety, pain and poor sleep.
What are the benefits of Myrcene?
One of the main benefits of this terpene are its anti-inflammatory properties and reduction of chronic pain. Myrcene is an example of an analgesic, or a painkiller. This is achieved because terpenes help cannabinoids cross the blood brain barrier, bind to the endocannabinoid receptors and provide relief from pain and swelling. This terpene will bring major benefits to those suffering with joint and muscle pain. The reduction in swelling and inflammation has also shown relief to those suffering with digestive issues.
Due to the sedative effects, Myrcene also reduces the effects of anxiety and overall stress. This terpene works as a sleep aid, helping people fall asleep and stay asleep. The quality of the sleep is deep and restful, drastically improving overall well-being. Myrcene is an anti-fungal and anti-bacterial, which can reduce issues with Candida and other infections within the body. Myrcene also has benefits when applied topically to the skin.
Another interesting effect that Myrcene produces is its benefits to users that have Type 2 Diabetes. This terpene is able to regulate the transport of chemicals across semi-permeable cells. This means that people who suffer from diabetes and insulin resistance can more efficiently control blood sugar levels, as the Myrcene assists with transportation of insulin across cell membranes.
Why use CBD products that contain Myrcene?
Again, the “entourage effect” comes into play in this combination. Myrcene works with CBD to achieve better results than the two would individually. CBD and Myrcene are also being used in conjunction with cancer treatment. These two compounds have been shown to reduce excessive cell proliferation (the process that results in an increased number of cells) and could reduce tumor sizes. The cancer cells are being killed off before the have a chance to metastasize, or spread to other areas of the body.
Myrcene works with CBD to contribute to the sedative effects of strong sativas. When coupled together, the effects of the product are significantly faster acting and have a longer effect due to the ability to bind to the ECS receptors