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Myrcene - The Dank Terpene

Myrcene is the most prevalent terpene found in cannabis, and is often associated with cultivars that produce those heavy, couchlock effects common with sedative chemovars, often referred to as “indicas”.

Simply put, Myrcene is a terpene for the seasoned smoker, given its ability to increase the effects produced by almost any cultivar where this terpene is present.  Outside of cannabis, it is most commonly found in fruits and foods such as mangoes, lemongrass, hops and peppercorns.

Mangos chopped, sliced and sitting in a glass of mango juice on a wooden cutting board with ice cubes in front of glass
Its believed that eating a mango before or during cannabis consumption can increase the effects felt from the cannabinoids.

The way Myrcene interacts with cannabis is unique, helping intensify the effects we experience from the cannabinoids themselves. A strain low in THC, but high in Myrcene, could still have the consumer feeling debilitated and sluggish.

Given what we know about terpenes and how they interact with cannabinoids, it is definitely not a coincidence that cultivars high in Myrcene usually provide heavier, more potent effects than cultivars with less.


Here’s a quick rundown on what science has to say about Myrcene:

“Myrcene acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and has analgesic properties that suggest therapeutic potential of formulations containing Myrcene. It also demonstrated sedating properties and potentiated barbiturate-like sleep at high doses in mice. It also enhances transdermal absorption and is an effective antimicrobial agent.”

Source: The Cannigma
silver spoon of black peppercorns on a black cutting board
If you ever feel too baked, try eating some black peppercorns.

There’s a popular theory throughout the cannabis community, which states that if a person eats a mango shortly before consuming cannabis, the effects felt from the cannabinoids are multiplied.

A clever trick to climb your way out of a debilitating cannabis high, is to chew on, or even just smell peppercorns. Which is intriguing, as Myrcene is one of the most prevalent terpenes in peppercorns as well.

close up of green cannabis flower with deep dark purple leaves
Myrcene is the most prominent terpene in this heavy, Black Death cultivar.


Given the sedative and lethargic effects one can experience from many cultivars high in Myrcene, it makes sense why most nighttime cultivars have high concentrations of this terpene.

Searching for strains high in Myrcene could be an excellent idea if you’re a veteran smoker seeking stronger, heavier effects to get the job done, or consumers who are simply looking for a great nighttime cultivar, that could help ease insomnia or aid with pain management.

Some cultivars known to have high Myrcene content would be; Death Bubba, Black Death, Mango Haze, Grand Daddy Purple, Pink Kush and Fruity Pebbles OG.



Tom Stevens

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