Positive effects: Painkilling; anti-inflammatory; anti-diabetic; calming; gastroprotective (protects and heals stomach tissue).

It seems most natural when exploring Cannabis’ aromatic diversity to start with the brownie, to our cannabutter – Myrcene. Myrcene is the most bountiful and universal terpene present in the Cannabis species, providing a recognizable earthy musk that forms the olfactory backbone of almost any strain you could find or name. Isolated myrcene is most often compared to clove or hops, with an earthy, balsamic, slightly spicy punch. Significant amounts of myrcene can be found in hops, ylang-ylang, citrus, bay, fresh thyme and other traditionally earthy, spicy aromatics.  

Though it was once dismissed as an urban legend, eating a ripe mango 30 to 45 minutes before consuming cannabis can enhance your high. Mangoes are especially high in myrcene, which has been shown to increase the maximum saturation level of the CB1 receptor, the receptor site for THC. (CB1 receptors are found in our nervous system and, when activated, are responsible for Cannabis’ mental and behavioural effects.) As well, myrcene is active at the blood-brain barrier, helping cannabinoids cross and take effect more quickly. Choose the ripest mango you can find, otherwise, the myrcene level will be too low to have an impact. You can also elevate your experience with lemongrass or clove!

All these qualities start to suggest why strains containing more than 0.5% myrcene by weight seem to induce a much greater sense of physical relaxation or “couchlock,” suggesting that Myrcene may be one of the deciding factors in a strain being classified as indica or sativa. A study analyzing the composition of “Mostly Indica” vs. “Mostly Sativa” plants showed much higher concentrations of myrcene in the eight “Mostly Indica” plants compared to the eight “Mostly Sativa” samples, lending credence to the claim.

Myrcene is indicated as a treatment for stomach ulcers, an agent to enhance transdermal absorption of medicines and creams, a sleep aid, and shows profound potential as a safe analgesic to be used in pain management. If you want to seek out this powerhouse, almost any strain you try will be myrcene-dominant. But, if you want a true body-melting experience, seek out heavy indicas like Purple Kush, White Widow, Pink Kush, or Chemo.

  Posted: Sunday, September 9th, 10:00am 2 months ago
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Lana Tong is an aspiring Biochemist and Squirrel Behavioral Psychologist based in Victoria, British Columbia. She's passionate about cannabis as a medicine, entheogen, food, fiber crop, and so much more. Lana hopes to one day swim in a pool filled with organic CBD oil. We all have dreams - right?!

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