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Myrcene Terpene

Myrcene Terpene: What is Myrcene?

Cannabis plants contain a large amount of Myrcene terpenes, but what are they? In this guide, we explain:

  • What is Myrcene?
  • What does it smell and taste like?
  • What are the effects of Myrcene?
  • Where can you find Myrcene terpenes?
  • Which strains are rich in Myrcene?

Wondering: What is a terpene? Then check out our terpene guide.

What is Myrcene?

Myrcene, sometimes also called Alpha-Myrcene or Beta-Myrcene, is one of the most prevalent terpenes in cannabis and another terpene that contributes to the entourage effect when using cannabis. The entourage effect encompasses the idea that all , including THC, and work together to produce the effects that consumers feel when using marijuana.

What does Myrcene smell and taste like?

Like other terpenes, Myrcene tends to have an earthy smell, which some equate with balsam. Others suggest they notice a hint of sweetness in the scent of Myrcene, similar to cloves. If you've ever smelled a mango and noticed its earthy-sweet scent, that might be partly due to Myrcene, which is abundant in mangoes.

As for the taste, Myrcene is also present in hops – the kind used in beer brewing – and it's a terpene that helps give beer its peppery flavor notes. Myrcene has a lower boiling point than other terpenes found in hops and tends to be present in higher amounts in dried hops than in beer, meaning a lot is boiled off during the process.

What are the effects of Myrcene?

Terpenes affect individuals differently, and it's important to keep this in mind when looking for terpene-rich cannabis products. Research has only just begun to delve into the potentially powerful effects that terpenes can have in the human body. Early research suggests that Myrcene can have a calming effect and support the growth of protective mucous in the gastrointestinal tract, and another study showed that it helps inhibit tumor growth.

It's possible that, if the calming effects of Myrcene are correct as some studies suggest, it could be useful for people with anxiety. However, as with all cannabis-related terpenes, more research is required to fully understand the impact of Beta-Myrcene.

Where can you find Myrcene Terpenes?

Myrcene is available in a variety of plants, including cannabis, herbs, and even fruits. Some examples include lemongrass, eucalyptus, mangoes, thyme, basil, and the aforementioned hops.

Which strains are rich in Myrcene?

Many marijuana strains contain Myrcene, but some of them possess a bit more than others. We've compiled a list of our favorite myrcene-rich strains:

Birthday Cake or Birthday Cake Kush:
When you combine Girl Scout Cookies (The Cali Connection) and Cherry Pie, you get the following: an indica-dominant hybrid with a sweet taste.

Skunk XL:
Skunk XL is a balanced hybrid of 50% Indica and 50% Sativa. Despite its name, it has a sweet, fruity taste.

White Widow:
White Widow (Dutch Passion) hybrid strain began in the Netherlands but has grown in popularity worldwide due to its large, white resin-covered bloom.

Special Kush #1 or Special Kush:
Special Kush #1 Indica strain originates from the Afghanistan/Pakistan region and features a rich, earthy taste.

Agent Orange:
Agent Orange gets its name from its scent: freshly cut oranges. It's a hybrid strain resulting from crossing Orange Velvet and Jack the Ripper.

This marijuana hybrid strain offers a citrus flavor with a hint of mango, likely due to the fact that it's rich in Myrcene.

Critical Kush:
Combine Critical Mass (Advanced Seeds) and OG Kush (Royal Queen Seeds) and that's what you get. Critical Kush (Barney`s Farm) is a potent Indica strain popular among cannabis consumers.

ACDC is a unique cannabis hybrid strain as it's predominantly CBD. In fact, it has only about 1% THC.

Kosher Tangie:
This hybrid strain offers a skunky citrus flavor, thanks to its parent plants: Kosher Tangie and Tangie.

Grape Ape:
Grape Ape is a beautiful Indica marijuana plant with deep purple leaves and a unique, grape-like scent.

Purple Urkle:
Purple (Pyramid Seeds), another flower with grape flavor, is an Indica strain known for its complex aromas.

Speaking of strains and Myrcene, we often get asked this question:
So is Myrcene an Indica vs Sativa? The answer is that it's neither. Myrcene is a terpene that typically occurs in indica-dominant strains, but it also occurs in sativa-dominant strains in smaller amounts.