Myrcene: Synergistic Cannabis Terpene

At the Americans for Safe Access National Medical Cannabis Unity Conference we attended in DC in March, it came to our attention that we should pay more attention to cannabis terpenes, and not only cannabis cannabinoids. Now, as the My Compassion Cannabis Conference of 2015 kicks off in Chicago, it seems like an appropriate time to highlight another cannabis terpene.

Thanks to Whaxy, we're always learning about various cannabinoids and terpenes. A terpene is a cannabinoid-like chemical known for giving marijuana its powerful smell and for offering therapeutic relief. The terpene we'll discuss today is Myrcene, one of the most common and abundant terpenes in cannabis. Myrcene is a precursor to other terpenes, meaning it helps form them, but it is also known for being a muscle relaxer, pain killer, anti-depressant, and anti-inflammatory. In addition, Myrcene possesses antimicrobial, antiseptic, antioxidant, and anti-carcinogen effects. How can Myrcene treat illnesses? "This powerful terpene also has been show to slow bacterial growth, inhibit cell mutation (one of its roles in fighting cancer), suppress muscle spasms (making it a powerful tool in the fight against epilepsy and dystonia), and is even helpful for those suffering from psychosis because of its tranquilizing effect."

There are very few studies that have been conducted on cannabis terpenes in general, but the studies that currently exist on Myrcene are discussed in this Whaxy feature on the terpene. Visit this link to learn more: