That iconic smell that you associate with cannabis is produced by the plant’s terpenes, which gives it its signature smell and flavour. There is even some research suggesting that the terpenes found in marijuana may impact the ‘high’ you experience during use. The most common terpene found in the cannabis plant is known as myrcene, sometimes called “the mother of all terpenes”.
This terpene houses a fruity, earthy, and spicy aroma which may also be found in common plants such as basil, lemongrass, hops, and cardamom.
What Are Terpenes?
Terpenes are naturally occurring chemicals responsible for producing scents, aromas, flavours, and sometimes colours of a plant. In marijuana, they determine a specific strain’s smell, taste, and colour.
Potential Benefits of Myrcene
Myrcene is known for its potential benefits and it has been extensively studied on both humans and animals. Here are some potential benefits that studies have shown to be present with this common CBD Oil.
Antioxidants may be responsible for the prevention of ageing, increased brain function, and disease prevention. Research has found that myrcene might demonstrate some level of antioxidising effect.
Myrcene may also show signs of anti-ageing more specifically playing a role in protecting against UVB-induced human skin ageing. UVB is strongly associated with skin damage and wrinkles, meaning it may potentially reduce this damage.
Studies have also observed anti-inflammation effects that might correlate with the use of myrcene. It has potentially shown the ability to inhibit anti-inflammatory diseases as well as their symptoms.
Myrcene may be linked with pain relief and is potentially shown to work best in conjunction with other terpenes and essential oils. When entering your system, the terpene may cause TRPV1 activation, which is a group of receptors associated with treating pain.
It may also:
- Enhance mood
- Muscle relaxation
- Reduce stress
- Reduce anxiety
How Myrcene Affects Marijuana
Terpenes may affect the experience of a high, not just the aroma of a strain. Myrcene is one of those terpenes that may produce effects during a high, specifically of sedation. It is often linked to what is known as the “couch lock”, as it may relax the muscles of the user causing them to be unable to move, hence the name
It is often used as a sleep aid, as its potential effectiveness at relaxation may be a great tool for people who suffer from insomnia or other sleeping disorders.
Myrcene is terpene often found in marijuana and a variety of other plants. Research has found numerous potential benefits of myrcene such as antioxidation, anti-inflammation, enhanced mood, muscle relaxation, reduced stress/anxiety, and disease prevention.
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