Terpene Spotlight: Myrcene
Myrcene is one of the most common terpenes found in cannabis. It’s commonly believed that myrcene helps THC pass through the blood-brain barrier more efficiently, which results in a stronger, faster high. While the scientific evidence for this is limited, it’s hard to discredit the vast number of people who have experienced this phenomenon.
Therapeutic Uses of Myrcene
- Protects against the effects of cannabis contaminated by mold. That doesn’t mean it’s safe to consume moldy cannabis — look for microbial test results when you buy.
- Part of a potential treatment for diabetes.
- Acts as an anti-convulsant.
- Has a relaxing, sedative effect.
- An effective painkiller.
- Contributes to feeling couch-locked. (Couch lock is a strong body high that crushes your motivation to get up and do something. It’s great if you’re trying to get to sleep, but not so much if you’re staring down a to-do list. If a strain contains more than 0.5%, you will likely feel couch-locked.)
Other Sources of Myrcene
- Bay leaves
Myrcene as a Functional Ingredient
The Gold Country Afgoo that we use in our truffles and tinctures is relatively high in myrcene. That’s part of what makes our chocolate truffles such a great way to wind down at the end of the day. We wanted to compliment the naturally relaxing properties of both THC and myrcene, so we designed our Peanut Butter Banana truffles with some complimentary ingredients.
First, we started with a high-quality dark chocolate (Valrhona) and added some peanuts, which are high in magnesium. Magnesium can help fight anxiety, which can help many people relax and get some rest. Next, we wanted some tryptophan, which has been shown to help people fall asleep. Bananas are a natural source of tryptophan, and they’re delicious with chocolate and peanuts.
We want our products to be more than just tasty snacks; we want them to contribute to the health and well-being of the people who use them. That’s why we select functional ingredients that promote the entourage effect that makes cannabis greater than the sum of its cannabinoids and terpenes.
Myrcene allows THC to pass through the blood-brain barrier much more efficiently than it would on its own. This means that the effects of cannabis, such as pain relief and euphoria, are stronger and longer lasting. Eating foods high in myrcene about an hour before (the timing varies with individual metabolism) consuming cannabis, regardless of your preferred method of consumption, will intensify the effects.
Foods high in myrcene might also be a way to intensify your edibles without actually eating another one. We always recommend that people start off with a small dose of any edible cannabis product and stick to small doses until they’re familiar with their personal tolerances and preferences. However, if your initial small dose isn’t giving you the results you want, don’t just eat another edible. Instead, try eating something high in myrcene.
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