Myrcene is a terpene commonly found in the cannabis plant and many other plants, including mangoes, hops, bay leaves, and thyme. Terpenes are organic compounds that give plants their unique aromas and flavors, and in the case of cannabis, they also play a role in determining its effects on the human body.
Myrcene is the most abundant terpene in many strains of cannabis, and it is known for its musky, earthy aroma and flavor. It is also one of the most studied terpenes in the cannabis plant, and it is believed to have a number of therapeutic properties.
One of the key properties of myrcene is its ability to enhance the effects of other compounds in the cannabis plant, such as THC and CBD. Studies have shown that myrcene can increase the permeability of the blood-brain barrier, allowing other compounds in the plant to be more easily absorbed and metabolized by the body.
This is why strains of cannabis that are high in myrcene are often more potent and have a more pronounced effect on the user. Myrcene is also believed to have a number of therapeutic benefits on its own, including sedative effects, pain relief, and the reduction of inflammation.