Myrcene is a monoterpene also found in fruits like its sister terpene Limonene. However, unlike its energy booster sister, Limonene, Myrcene has more of a sedative effect. You can recognize this powerful terpene by its rich earthy scent or its peppery taste.
Studies have shown that Myrcene can act as an anti inflammatory, anti-tumor, and antioxidant. A 2015 study published in the Journal of Korean Society for Applied Biological Chemistry showed that higher levels of Myrcene encouraged anti-metastatic activity in human breast cancer cells. While more studies are needed this was a huge development. A different study by the American Journal of Chinese Medicine published in 2017 showed that Myrcene showed a positive reaction to protect human skin cells against ultraviolet light which slows the aging process.
While it’s claimed that Indica strains are typically higher in Myrcene because of their sedative effects, studies have proven otherwise. According to lab data analyzing several different Indica, Sativa, and Hybrid strains, most flowers had similar Myrcene levels. Each strain reviewed contained between approximately 0.4% Myrcene regardless of strain.
So next time you visit, ask your Budtender for strains high in Myrcene when you’re looking for that extra relaxation effect.
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