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Terpene of the Month: Myrcene

This month, we’re focusing on Myrcene, a significant terpene recognized for its unique characteristics. Myrcene stands out among terpenes due to its capacity to influence the effects of cannabinoids, potentially enhancing their therapeutic benefits. It’s recognised for its earthy, musky scent and is commonly found in mangoes, thyme, and lemongrass, as well as cannabis.

Myrcene is not only appreciated for its aromatic properties but also for its potential health benefits. Research suggests it may provide anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain-relieving), and sedative effects. Some studies even suggest potential benefits in promoting sleep and reducing muscle tension.

Explore the realm of cannabis strains rich in Myrcene with the list below. These strains are reported to contain substantial levels of this terpene, offering not just a distinctive flavour profile but also the potential for various therapeutic benefits.

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Grapefruit

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Myrcene

Indica-dominant

Cherry Pie

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Myrcene

Indica-dominant

Available on Prescription

Girl Scout Cookies (Althea™ T18)

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Caryophyllene

Hybrid

Pineapple Chunk

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Terpinolene

Sativa-dominant

G13 Haze

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Caryophyllene

Indica-dominant

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L.A. Confidential (Aurora Pedanios T20)

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Pinene

About Cannabis Terpenes

Terpenes, vital to the vast diversity found in cannabis strains, are scent molecules found in plants, playing a crucial role in defining the unique scents and flavours of different cannabis strains. These terpenes craft a sensory experience that varies widely across strains.

The earthy, musky aroma of Myrcene, often compared to cloves, can carry hints of fruitiness in certain strains. Pinene, on the other hand, brings a refreshing scent reminiscent of pine and fir trees, evoking the essence of a dense forest. Limonene infuses a lively citrus touch, with its zesty lemon and orange rind notes. Linalool adds a floral dimension, with a scent akin to a lavender field, complemented by subtle woody undertones.

Each cannabis strain's unique terpene combination creates a distinct aromatic and flavour profile, shaping the overall experience. For example, the popular Blue Dream strain's sweet berry aroma is largely attributed to its Myrcene content. This complex interplay of terpenes results in a rich tapestry of scents and tastes, contributing significantly to the appeal and characteristics of each cannabis strain.

Explore terpenes found in cannabis below. Click on a name Terpene column to learn more about a specific terpene, or click the link in the Strains column to view a list of strains in our database containing a specific terpene.

Terpene Flavours Effects Found in Strains
Sweet, Floral
Promotes smooth muscle relaxation by stimulating gastrointestinal tract receptors, Floral-scented transparent oily fluid, Reduces inflammation, Mainly sourced from chamomile but can be made synthetically, Provides a relaxing effect, Soothes sensitive skin, May help in reducing skin discoloration, A type of monocyclic sesquiterpene alcohol, Offers relief for irritated skin
Cannabis, Chamomile, South African candela trees, figwort plants, Brazilian Candeia trees
Woody menthol, Herbal balsam, Spicy, Earthy, Minty
Provides relief for respiratory illnesses and lung diseases, Shows anticancer properties, enhancing the action of Selenocysteine, Acts as an effective analgesic, particularly in postoperative pain, Demonstrates anti-inflammatory properties, blocking ion channels that promote pain and inflammation, Exhibits neuroprotective effects, especially in the context of an ischemic stroke, Helps combat stress and fatigue, allowing relaxation without sedation, Known to treat cardiovascular diseases and may reduce the risk of blood clots, Can be used as an anticoagulant, Has potential as an antifungal, inhibiting the growth of certain pathogens, Enhances the blood-brain barrier permeability.
Cannabis, Ginger, Rosemary, Camphor, Thyme, Sage, Marjoram, Mugwort, Tarragon, Nutmeg, Turmeric, Cardamom, Coriander/Cilantro
Pungent, damp, earthy, herbal, camphor oil, musky
Sinus-clearing, Anti-inflammatory, Analgesic, Antibiotic, Anti-edematous, Antifungal, Antiviral, Atmospheric antiseptic, Bactericidal, Expectorant, Effective antioxidant (when combined with vitamin C), Reduces cholesterol and triglycerides levels in blood serum, Repels herbivores, Attracts pollinating insects, Used in fragrances, food additives, topicals, oils, Treats skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis, Can explode at high temperatures (when used as fuel in the past), Produces acrid smoke, Treats inflammatory lung diseases at stable temperatures, Provides pain relief and anti-viral effects, Combats bacteria when combined with other compounds, Topical aid against skin infections, Acts as an antioxidant (with Vitamin C and citrus oils), Soothes stress, Anti-congestive, Cough suppressant, Battles respiratory illnesses, Lowers lipid count in cells, Reduces inflammation, Provides pain relief
Cannabis (especially indica strains like Mendocino Purps), Sage, Bergamot, Cypress, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Fir, Ginger, Valerian, Citronella, Conifer trees, Camphor oil, Cypress oil, Essential oils of cypress trees, Valerian, Holy basil, Sage, Ginger, Neroli, Rosemary.
Sweet, Earthy, Pungent, Citrusy, Cypress, Pine
Improves bone health, Anti-inflammatory, Treats fungal infections, Improves mental focus and memory retention, Promotes mental focus, Provides euphoric effects, Relieves acute inflammation, Potentially stimulates mineralisation (adding calcium to bones)
Cannabis (Strains like Jack Herer, Super Silver Haze, AK-47) Rosemary, Lemons, Pines, Cedars, Turpentine from conifers, Angelica root, Pine trees, Cedar trees, Basil, Citrus, Mango, Cypress, White pepper, Fennel, Kumquat, Lime.
Spicy, Funky warmth, Cinnamon, Cloves, Musky, Diesel, Fuel
Binds to CB2 receptors, Reduces inflammation, Potential pain relief, Reduces alcohol intake (potential treatment for addiction), Antioxidant properties, Anti-inflammatory properties, Potential treatment for inflammatory bowel disease, Potential treatment for anxiety and depression, Potential for lifespan longevity by reducing gene stress
Cookies family cannabis strains (e.g. Platinum GSC, GSC, Cookies and Cream, Candyland), Many cannabis strains known for relaxation and anxiety reduction, Black pepper, Basil, Oregano, Rosemary, Clove oil, Hops, Cinnamon
Cooling, Menthol-like, Refreshing, Redolent of tea tree
Opens airways, Antifungal and antibacterial properties, Assists phlegm release, Used in skincare and aromatherapy, Offers bronchodilation, Potentially toxic in high doses, Attracts male orchid bees and incites territorial aggression, Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Neuroprotective, Aids in suppressing colorectal tumor cell growth, Improves lung function and mucus reduction, Reduces inflammation markers related to Alzheimer's development, Correlates positively with cognitive performance when used in rosemary oil, Alleviates sinus and nasal congestion, Provides pain relief post-surgery, Enhances cognitive function in dementia patients.
Cannabis, Eucalyptus tree, Rosemary, Bay leaves, Sage, Sweet basil, Camphor tree, Black Pepper, Cinnamon, Clove, Oregano
Sweet, Floral, Citrus, Delicate rose
Known for delicate rose and floral profile, Provides sweetness to certain cannabis strains, Potential medical uses include pain reduction, Anti-inflammatory, Antifungal, Antibacterial, Antioxidant, Can inhibit growth of colon cancer cells, Shows potential in managing diabetes and hyperglycemia, May help mitigate symptoms of atherosclerosis (plaque formation in arteries), Tumor-reduction properties in cancer cells, Used as a fragrance in various products due to its unique aromatic fingerprint, Acts as a natural insect repellent, Plays a key role in floral-smelling cannabis strains, Therapeutic potential in soothing chronic pain or other inflammatory conditions
Cannabis, Geranium plant, Rose oil, Lemongrass, Lemons, Peaches, Grapefruits, Oranges, Carrots, Coriander, Blueberries, Blackberries, Honey bees (produced in their scent glands), E. coli (in engineered environments), Many household products like perfumes, colognes, lotions, detergents, candles, Pastries and desserts
Spicy, herbaceous, woody
Exhibits anti-inflammatory properties, Acts as an antibacterial agent, Potentially suppresses appetite, Demonstrates anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties, Produces reactive oxygen species beneficial for cancer cell elimination, Displays analgesic (painkilling) properties, Contributes to the entourage effect in cannabis, working synergistically with certain cannabinoids, Can be used as an insect repellent, Helps deter pests and fungal infestations in plants
Cannabis, hops, black pepper, basil, ginseng, sage, basil, sage, clove
Fruity, citrus
Elevated mood, Stress relief, Exhibits antifungal properties, Demonstrates antibacterial properties, May help relieve heartburn and gastric reflux, Improves absorption of other terpenes and chemicals through the skin, mucous membranes, and digestive tract, Exhibits potential anti-tumor effects, especially in breast tissue, May inhibit the growth and spread of breast tumors, Alleviates anxiety, Exhibits anti-inflammatory properties beneficial for asthma patients and skin conditions, Potential analgesic properties, Can enhance and change the effects of cannabis, Known for its energizing effects, Might be useful for conditions like ADHD, chronic fatigue syndrome, and depression, Can reduce anxiety and improve mood
Cannabis, Orange peel, citrus fruits like lime, lemon, grapefruit, cosmetics, fragrances like perfumes and deodorants, beverages like tea, essential oil-infused supplements
Spicy, floral, lavender
Promotes smooth muscle relaxation by stimulating gastrointestinal tract receptors, Floral-scented transparent oily fluid, Reduces inflammation, Provides a calming and soothing effect, May aid in the reduction of anxiety, Provides a relaxing effect, Soothes sensitive skin, May help in reducing skin discoloration, Can counteract adverse reactions to THC, such as anxiety
Cannabis, Lavender, mint, laurels, rosewood, birch trees, some citrus fruit peels
Musky, earthy, peppery, spicy, balsam
Produces sedative effects, Enhances the entourage effect in combination with THC, Anti-inflammatory, May combat autoimmune conditions like Crohn's disease, Potential to slow down cartilage destruction and prevent osteoarthritis progression, Anti-tumour, Analgesic (pain-relieving) properties without dependency, Potential antioxidant protecting against skin aging, Can specifically target skin damage from ultraviolet rays, In high doses can cause lethargy (in mice studies), Linked with potential risk of higher cancer in one study (but also shown to shrink tumours), Increases the psychoactive response when consumed through cannabis
Cannabis, Beer (hops), Mango, Guava, Thyme, Parsley, Bay leaves, Lemongrass, Cardamom, Sweet basil, Ylang-ylang essential oil, Juniper essential oils
Nuanced floral, Citrus, Apples, Rose, Woody, Melon
Has sedative properties, Relieves anxiety, Exhibits antimicrobial qualities, Shows anti-parasitic properties, Acts as an antioxidant, Provides pain relief, Can be an insect repellent, Enhances drug delivery through the skin, Has neuroprotective effects, Demonstrates antifungal capabilities, Acts as a sleeping aid, Makes certain bacterial strains more susceptible to antibiotics, Shows potential anti-cancer benefits, Helps topical medications penetrate skin better
Cannabis (e.g. Island Sweet Skunk, Jack Herer, Skywalker OG, Sour Kush, Tangilope, Sweet Skunk, Blue Dream, Chemdawg), Jasmine, Tea tree, Lemongrass, Neroli, Ginger, Lavender
Sweet, woody, herbal, citrusy
Uplifting, Has anticonvulsant properties, Possesses antifungal properties, Demonstrates antibacterial and antiviral activities, Exhibits antitumor properties, Acts as an antidepressant, Serves as a decongestant, May potentially interfere with drugs used for seizure control, Induces coughing when present in large amounts in smoked cannabis
Cannabis (e.g. Chocolope, Dutch Treat, Strawberry Cough, Golden Goat, Arjan’s Haze #3, Himalayan Gold, Purple Haze, Super Lemon Haze, Space Queen, Clementine, Dream Queen, Golden Pineapple, Green Crack, J1), Basil, Mint, Tarragon, Parsley, Mangos, Lavender, Hops, Orchid flowers, Hops, Kumquats, Bergamot, Pepper.
Minty, woody, mildly citrus
Minty and woody aromatic profile, Easily absorbed, Common additive in cosmetic products, Used in holistic Eastern medicine for antifungal and antibacterial properties, Exhibits antihyperalgesic and antidepressive properties (alongside limonene), Potential anti-cancer properties (in vitro study), Potential anti-inflammatory properties (rodent study), Previously misidentified as limonene and pinene until identified in eucalyptus oil as two distinct isomeric compounds
Cannabis (e.g., Trainwreck, Jack Herer, Ace of Spades, SAGE), Eucalyptus, Mint, Dill, Black pepper, Cinnamon, Parsley, Pine, Lavender, Water fennel, Ginger grass
Piney, turpentine-like, dry, resinous, woody
Anti-inflammatory, Bronchodilator (helps open airways), Anti-anxiety, Pain relief, May combat short-term memory impairment associated with THC, Used in drugs to treat kidney and liver issues, Potentially treats inflammation, cancer, respiratory conditions like asthma, Can be both relaxing and energising, Influence of myrcene levels may determine its relaxing or energising effects, Antimicrobial properties, Prevents growth of certain harmful organisms, Neuroprotective properties, Potential treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, amnesia, cognitive dysfunction, and memory loss
Cannabis, Conifer trees, Orange peels, Turpentine, Pine needles, Rosemary, Dill, Basil, Parsley
Sweet, minty, fresh peppermint
Promotes anxiety-relieving effects, May enhance cognitive performance, Sedative properties, Used in personal care items for fresh fragrance, Historically used for dyspepsia (indigestion), nausea, and anxiety, Acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, Demonstrates antimicrobial activity especially against salmonella strain, Offers antiviral properties particularly against viral influenza symptoms, Analgesic effect inhibiting nociception, Anti-convulsant properties, Anxiolytic effects dose-dependent, Used in traditional medicine for colds, coughs, and fever reduction
Cannabis (eg: OG Kush, Pink Kush, Zprite, Motorbreath, Pina Colada), Peppermint, Catnip, Pennyroyal, Blue mint bush essential oils, Many types of baked goods, Ice creams, Candies, Alcohols, Cosmetics, Perfumes, Hygiene products, Tea
Spicy, citrusy, piney, peppery, woody
Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant, Anti-Fungal, Antimicrobial, Improves oral health, Emanates a distinctive warm and peppery scent, Evokes aromas of being in the woods surrounded by fragrant trees, Provides significant protection from oxidative deterioration, Fights dermatophytes and Cryptococcus neoformans fungal infections, Demonstrates moderate ability against Streptococcus, Influenzae, Campylobacter, and E. Coli bacteria, Reduces growth and adherence of Streptococcus mutans bacteria, Reduces acid production and biofilm formation in oral health, Potential ingredient in future oral healthcare products, Exhibits high safety profile
Cannabis, Norway spruce, Holm oak trees, Black pepper, Cardamom, Carrot seeds, Spruces, Oaks, Juniper, Cloves, Nutmeg, Turmeric
Citrus, pine, floral, spice
Provides a sedative effect, Affects the strength and type of “high” when consumed in cannabis products, Can reduce anxiety when inhaled, Acts as a strong preservative, Has antioxidant properties, Demonstrates antifungal capabilities, May have potential as a natural painkiller due to anti-inflammatory effects, Being studied for anti-cancer potential, Has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties, May cause kidney damage in large amounts, Can break down into irritants when exposed to UV, heat, or oxygen (specifically α-terpinene)
Cannabis, Cardamom, eucalyptus, tea tree, coriander, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, essential oils, industrial fluids, soaps, perfumes, allspice, curry dishes (due to cardamom), marjoram (common in Mediterranean dishes), Italian tomato sauce (due to the aromatic herb similar to oregano), tea tree oil products.
Citrusy, sweet, lilac, rose, woody, fresh-cut trees, earthy, mint, liquorice
Antioxidant, Anticancer, Anticonvulsant, Antiulcer, Antihypertensive, Anti-nociceptive (pain reducing), Anti-inflammatory, Inhibits the growth of cancerous tumor cells, Effective antibacterial agent, Sedative properties, Potential skin irritation, Dermatologic allergic response
Cannabis, Cardamom, Cajuput oil, Pine oil, Apples, Basil, Limes, Lilac, Grapefruit, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Pine trees, Lapsang souchong tea, Cosmetics, Skincare products, Condiments, Baked goods
Piney, floral, herbaceous, citrusy, fresh
Antibacterial, antifungal, reduces risk of heart disease (when used with other nutrients), possible inhibitor of cancer cell growth, defines cannabis plant's taste and smell, plays role in cannabis plant's therapeutic and experiential qualities
Cannabis, ConteLilacs, nutmeg, cumin, apples, tea tree, personal care products, beverages and food products, air fresheners, plastic and resin manufacturing
Sweet, citrus, herbal, woodsy, orange, mango, grapefruit
Produces euphoric, mood-boosting effects, Potent antioxidant, Has anti-inflammatory properties, Reduces inflammatory response, Boosts immune response, Displays inhibitory anti-allergenic activity, Acts as a skin protectant, Improves atopic dermatitis, Reduces itching, Soothes inflammatory response, Improves skin barrier protection, Boosts skin protection against melanoma, Enhances efficacy of Doxorubicin in chemotherapy, Acts as an insecticide against disease-carrying pests
Cannabis (e.g: Tangie, Agent Orange, ACDC, Sour Diesel, Clementine, Jillybean, Gushers, Jack Frost, California Orange Bud), Valencia oranges, Grapefruit, Tangerines, Nectarines, Mangos, Chinese Bayberry, Olive oils (infused)
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The Potential Benefits of Terpenes in Cannabis

Terpenes in cannabis offer a wide range of therapeutic benefits, complemented by their unique aromatic qualities. These compounds enhance both the flavour and scent of cannabis, and play a key role in the entourage effect. This refers to the combined action of cannabis compounds, which potentially boosts its therapeutic impact.

Among these terpenes, Caryophyllene stands out for its mood-lifting and calming effects. Research suggests it could offer a spectrum of benefits including pain relief, antibacterial properties, and even potential in fighting cancer. Similarly, Humulene, renowned for its balancing act of relaxation and stimulation, is associated with properties such as pain relief and anti-inflammatory effects. Limonene, another common terpene, is celebrated for its energising and mood-enhancing qualities, alongside potential health benefits ranging from pain relief to anti-anxiety effects. Linalool, too, is highly regarded for its relaxing influence, with an array of potential benefits including mood enhancement and neuroprotection.

These examples underscore the rich therapeutic potential of terpenes in cannabis. Their diverse profiles not only contribute to the sensory experience of cannabis but also hint at a multitude of health benefits. As we continue to explore these compounds, they offer a promising avenue for enhancing both recreational and medicinal experiences with cannabis. The exploration of terpenes thus reveals not just a world of aromatic delight, but a realm of therapeutic possibilities waiting to be fully discovered and understood.