The medical benefits of marijuana can be attributed to its cannabinoids and terpenes. While the cannabinoids are well researched, the terpenes are a little less known. Researchers have found at least 100 terpenes can be found in cannabis, and one of the more abundant of these compounds is Myrcene. Myrcene is a small monoterpene that can be found in the essential oils of a variety of plants, including cannabis. Myrcene is thought to provide a "couch-lock" effect, it lowers resistance across the blood-to-brain brain barrier, and it acts to increase the saturation levels of CB1 receptors, which react to THC. Myrcene has anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, sedative, and pain relieve properties. It may be able to mitigate the effects of diabetes and prevent peptic ulcer disease, as well as treat pain, muscle tension, and insomnia.
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