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WHAT IS MYRCENE?
Myrcene is a terpenoid, a type of compound certain plants will make to help defend themselves and reproduce successfully.
Terpenoids can be found in the essential oil of plants along with other organic chemicals such as alkaloids.
In Cannabis, these oils are produced in the resinous glands known as trichomes.
Terpenoids, in combination with other alkaloids and phytocannabinoids, are responsible for the aroma, taste, and colorful appearance of plants.
It is these compounds that provide the medicinal and healing effects that make plants like Cannabis so revered by herbal medicine.
Myrcene is found in several plants including Mangos (Mangifera indica), Hops (Humulus lupus), Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), Bay Leaves (Laurus nobilis), Thyme (Thymus vulgaris), Verbena (Verbena officinalus), and various other plant species.
HOW IS MYRCENE USED?
Myrcene is quickly becoming a hot topic because of new research that reveals the medicinal nature of this compound as well as it’s other biological effects.
It has been scientifically proven that myrcene has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, & anti-nociceptive properties.
It is hypothesized that one of the means by which Myrcene works is through inhibition of cyclooxygenase (COX) pathways in the body, resulting in reduced pain over time. This helps with different types of pain that may arise in the body, including acute and central nervous system-mediated pain, as well as the pain caused by inflammation.
Myrcene has sedative properties. Indica strains of Cannabis usually contain high myrcene content, and it is suggested that this helps attribute to the couch-lock heavy high of these strains.
Myrcene is also suggested to be a potentiator for THC. Myrcene supposedly allows for easier transmission of THC across the blood-brain barrier, increasing the bioavailability of THC in the body from consumed cannabis.
It is clear that Myrcene has several ways that it can enhance the effects of smoked or consumed cannabis.
The combination of the different terpenoids, alkaloids, and other biochemicals present in Cannabis contribute to the overall psychoactive ‘high’ of the plant.
This is known as the “Entourage Effect”, and is quickly becoming a hot topic in the research and study of Cannabis (even though this has been common knowledge with herbalists for thousands of years!)
Myrcene is proposed to be one of the essential compounds for the Entourage Effect in Marijuana, contributing to the relaxing high we are all familiar with.
This is also why people often report that THC-only extracts and medicine like Marinol can often be unpleasant and dissimilar from the pleasant medicinal and psychoactive effects of smoked cannabis.
Myrcene Isolate has a lot of great uses, especially for medicinal and recreational consumers of Cannabis.
Myrcene Isolate can be used in enhancing the flavor and potency of your favorite smoking blends, herbal oils, and extracts, as well as vaping juices!
Myrcene is an all-natural compound and is safe to consume. There is no known toxicity limit for Myrcene, but we would recommend starting with small amounts to determine your sensitivity and tolerance.
MYRCENE AND EDIBLES
Myrcene can easily be used in edibles! Just add a few drops to your favorite recipe.
Realize that myrcene has a strong fruity flavor and will impart this taste onto whatever you’re cooking.
Keep in mind that myrcene will also potentiate the effects of any cannabis in this recipe and can make for quite a strong and inebriating edible!
Tell us what you think about myrcene and some of your favorite uses for Myrcene Isolate in the comments below!
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