Terpene Profile: Myrcene

Terpene Profile: Myrcene

What is Myrcene?

Myrcene is a specific type of terpene – natural chemicals that give plants their unique fragrance, taste, and health properties. It is one of the most common terpenes found in the cannabis plant and gives it a spicy, peppery smell. Along with cannabis, myrcene is also found in plants like thyme, mango, lemongrass, and hops. Myrcene is best known for its calming effects. 

Benefits of Myrcene

Like other terpenes, myrcene has several potential health benefits that stem from its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. 

  • Promotes relaxation and sleep.
    Plants that contain myrcene (like cannabis and lemongrass) have been used by traditional medical systems as natural sleep aids for centuries. This compound is part of what makes certain CBD products helpful for anxiety and insomnia.

  • Relaxes the muscles.
    In addition to relaxing the mind, myrcene may also help relax tight muscles. Studies show that it can act as a muscle relaxant in high doses, and may help ease tightness and tension even at lower doses.

  • Relieves pain and inflammation.
    Myrcene may play an important role in pain relief. Some studies show that myrcene increases the body’s natural production of opioid chemicals. Other studies show that this terpene has strong anti-inflammatory properties, which also help to reduce pain and soreness. 

What is Myrcene Used For?

Myrcene is mainly used in supplements for its calming effects and can help to encourage healthy sleep patterns and reduce anxiety. For these reasons, we include it in our PM Tincture: Rest + Recovery 1000MG CBD formula to help you enjoy more restorative, restful sleep. 

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