Terpene Profile: Myrcene

Terpene Profile: Myrcene

Myrcene is the terpene most abundantly found in cannabis. It shows up in substantial concentrations in most cannabis varieties. It also occurs widely in nature. Myrcene can be found in mangos and hops, making it present in most types of beer. Think about the drowsy experience that happens when you drink a few beers – that is akin to the effects produced from myrcene. When analyzing terpene results of a cannabis variety, myrcene will most likely show up. Here is a snapshot of how myrcene may influence a cannabis experience:

Aroma: Aroma helps us to identify terpenes when we don’t have lab results. Terpenes are consumed through our olfactory glands before we even inhale or ingest. Therefore, the smell of a variety can affect the experience. It also may contribute to taste. 

Myrcene’s Aroma: grassy, earthy, sweet, lemongrass, grape, musty

Effects on mood: In cannabis, myrcene most likely contributes to a relaxing experience. Research suggests that myrcene decreases muscle motility. This translates to relaxation. In very high concentrations (over 1%) myrcene may trend the experience towards more sedative energy. 

Medicinal Properties: Anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, muscle relaxant


Synergistic Properties: When combined with THC and CBD, myrcene may act as a potent neuroprotective agent and antioxidant. Cannabis varieties with a high concentration of myrcene, THC and CBD may serve to help protect the brain from inflammation and injury.


By Emma Chasen of Eminent Consulting on behalf of Feel State

Emma Chasen has a mission to educate people on the science behind cannabis so that they may take charge of their own healing.  A graduate of Brown University in 2014 with a degree in Medicinal Plant Research, Emma has made a huge impact in the cannabis community and has quickly become a recognized expert in the field. Chasen now co-owns and operates Eminent Consulting.

Feel State is a Missouri based dispensary brand focused on helping better connect individuals to themselves, each other, and their communities through the use of cannabis.