Terpenes, Oh My!
The cannabis plant (including hemp) has over +100 terpenes. Each cannabis strain is going to have different types and amounts of specific terpenes. Another reason to look over the Certificate of Analysis – we love it when the COA has the terpene levels. It makes it so much easier to pick the right product for precisely what we are targeting. We will be working on going over the most popular terpenes over the next several weeks. Today, we start with myrcene.
Why you ask? Well, myrcene is the most abundant terpene in the cannabis plant. It makes sense why it is so plentiful because it has so many superpowers. It acts as pain relief, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and most importantly, protects our brain cells. Personally, we love the neuroprotective and pain relief qualities of this beautiful terpene.
Myrcene creates a relaxing and sleeping feeling in most people. Remember, we each have a unique endocannabinoid system, and your experience with myrcene could be a little different than others.
Terpenes are fragile and break down in high temperatures. Specifically, myrcene vaporizes at 334℉ .
On the Hunt
What is incredible about terpenes is that they can be found in fruits, vegetables, trees, and plants, including cannabis, of course. So, where do we find myrcene other than cannabis? Glad you asked. You can find this awesome terpene in your pantry spice rack and the aisles of the grocery store. Bay leaves, thyme, eucalyptus, and juniper all have myrcene. Mangos, citrus fruits, and hops (yes, like those used to make beer) are easy ways to ingest this multifunctional terpene.
You know you have found myrcene by it’s common smell of herbal earthy, clove aroma.
As Aeropostale said, “Let food be thy medicine.”
CBD Infused Smoothie
We leave you with this CBD Infused Smoothie to start you on your journey of exploring the bountiful benefits of myrcene. Get creative with this recipe – go with what you feel like adding that day. Trust that your body is telling you what it needs.