Top 10 high myrcene strains of 2019
More regions every single day are shifting one step closer towards legalizing cannabis, which has inspired an exciting new interest in more than just the recreational aspects of THC. Marijuana terpenes are one component of the plant that doesn’t get a whole lot for media attention, but thanks to the latest and most exciting cannabis research, we now know that terpenes do a whole lot more than produce the intense and exotics scents and flavors.
What is myrcene?
Myrcene is a marijuana terpene that holds a special space high up on the list of most influential in the species, as it produces a truly unique type of effect; one that has yet to be matched by any other known cannabis components aside from THC.
What do myrcene smell and taste like?
Some marijuana terpenes offer a definitive aroma that is easy to distinguish from others, mainly due to its familiarity. One example is in Limonene strains, which all carry a distinct lemon flavor and smell, however myrcene is unique because it can mimic several of the most popular types of weed aromas including:
In higher concentrations, myrcene results in a strong and spicy profile, but in lower amounts it mimics a true lighter lavender that smells just like the flower.
The effects of myrcene
Myrcene is primarily responsible for many of the most loved tastes and smells of different types of weed, but it also offers many other less known qualities that all consumers should be aware of. The most important and most significant to both recreational and medicinal users is in how it can significantly impact the absorption rate of the psychoactive cannabinoid THC.
Since it interacted with and stimulated the same CB1 receptors that THC is absorbed through, it seems to hyper sensitize the endocannabinoid system, sending it into a sort of overdrive that results in a nearly 30% faster rate of THC absorption. What that means, is that the more myrcene that is in a marijuana strain, the more intense the high will probably be. Some of the benefits that myrcene has to offer include:
· Enhances the psychoactive benefits of THC by increasing the rate of absorption of all cannabinoids
What other plants produce myrcene?
Just like most nature made oils and elements, myrcene is not only found in different types of weed, as it is also produced by other plant species including wild thyme, lemongrass, hops, mango, houttuynia, verbena, myrcia, cardamom and the West Indian bay tree.
The best types of weed with myrcene
If you think that a little bit of myrcene sounds pretty good right about now, then you are also probably wondering where to begin in getting your hand on the right types of weed. Lucky for you, we have done the hard research, and as a result, here are 10 of the best high producing myrcene marijuana strains of 2019.
- Pain relief
- Enhances the psychoactive benefits of THC by increasing the rate of absorption of all cannabinoids
How to use terpenes to enhance your marijuana experience
THC, CBD and all marijuana terpenes are naturally produced elements of the cannabis plant.
Myrcene is a marijuana terpene that holds a special space high up on the list of most influential in the species, as it produces a truly unique effect
Terpene Profiles: Myrcene, Fragrant Pain-Fighting Powerhouse
We love being a part of Los Angeles cannabis culture: The sights, the tastes, the activities! But we’re not afraid to put on our lab coats to get a bit geeky about weed. Because as we’re learning, the science of cannabis is a universe all to itself. And one of its most fascinating components is the topic of terpenes, the fragrant oils that give cannabis strains (and many other natural products) their distinctive flavors and aromas.
Terpenes are found everywhere in nature: in plants, trees, foods, etc. In a sense, we’re only now catching on to the wonder of terpenes. Folk healers have been aware of their medicinal properties for centuries, using the linalool contained in lavender as a natural calming agent and the humulene in hops as an appetite regulator.
Today, we’re going to explore the most abundant and arguably most important terpene: myrcene. If you’re at all familiar with cannabis, you’ll recognize its earthy aroma. But beyond its appealing flavor, it’s exerting a powerful effect on our bodies and minds.
Myrcene: What Does it Smell and Taste Like?
Myrcene may be the most abundant terpene, but unlike its unmistakable cousins limonene and pinene, it can be difficult to pick out a single defining characteristic. But if you’ve ever been captivated by the cannabis plant’s distinctive “funk”—that musky, earthy scent some call “dank”— there’s a good chance you’re sniffing myrcene. Other plants that contain goodly hits of myrcene include basil, bay laurel, lemongrass, and mango.
Speaking of mangos, they give rise to an enduring urban legend about supercharging your cannabis high. Supposedly, consuming a mango an hour or so before cannabis will “boost” the cannabis plant’s psychoactivity, allegedly due to the mango’s high concentration of myrcene. While there has yet to be a gold-standard study on this effect, a little math suggests the “mango effect” is indeed a myth.
What Does it Do for Our Bodies?
One reason myrcene is so important is that it’s the chemical precursor to many of the other terpenes. And the myrcene content of any given cannabis plant determines whether the specific plant will have a typically sativa-like energizing effect or an indica-like sedative effect. In general, the more myrcene, the more sedation you’ll experience. What’s more, myrcene acts as a helper, allowing cannabinoids to pass more easily into the bloodstream through what’s called the blood-brain barrier.
As we mentioned above, myrcene has a powerful sedative effect, making it a potent tool against insomnia. Plus, it exhibits powerful pain-fighting properties. In some rodent-based studies, myrcene was shown to reduce the perception of pain. Studies on humans further support this finding, as does a wealth of anecdotal evidence.
Much of this effect is due to myrcene’s powerful anti-inflammatory effects, again supported by current research. Here’s a tip: if you’re seeking to address aches and pains without the psychoactivity of THC, try a cannabis topical with a high myrcene content.
How to Get It From Cannabis
In general, you’ll have no trouble finding cannabis strains high in myrcene, though we do need more research regarding whether the myrcene in cannabis has the same effects as myrcene found elsewhere.
Here are a few perennial favorites known to be rich in this most important terpene.
OG Kush is a potent high-THC strain, and its piney, peppery and earthy aromas lead many fans to label it the ultimate “dank” weed. It will impart a strong euphoria and general sense of uplift, but it can also exhibit a powerful “couch lock”!
White Widow is known for its strongly euphoric and energizing effect. But exercise caution: This is an extremely potent strain with a typically high THC content.
Sour Diesel is known for its “classic” uplifting and buzzy characteristics, thanks in part to a generous helping of myrcene.
You can grab some myrcene-rich strains at your favorite Sherman Oaks dispensary. Stop by or order now!
Myrcene is the most common terpene in cannabis, giving some strains a distinctive, earthy aroma. Find out how it helps your body!