By Luke Sholl

Although cannabis is most famous for the psychoactive cannabinoid THC and the medically beneficial CBD, it’s recently become evident how important terpenes are to cannabis cultivation and consumption. With over 200 specific varieties appearing in cannabis and thousands more found in other plants and animals, terpenes are multifaceted in their effectiveness. The most abundant terpene myrcene maintains special significance for its medical potential and synergistic capabilities.


Terpenes are non-psychoactive, pungent hydrocarbons secreted from hair-like trichomes alongside cannabinoids THC and CBD. Difficult to assess with the naked eye, trichomes are best observed under a magnifying glass.

Peak flowering is when terpenes are most evident, emitting aromas that can be smelled from a distance. Although these powerful scents may not be to the guerilla grower’s liking, terpenes act as natural defense systems for the plants themselves, protecting against diseases and pests while simultaneously luring in pollinators with alluring fragrances.


Since myrcene is the terpene most frequently found in cannabis, it is considered one of the ten primary terpenes. Myrcene accounts for the recognizable smell emitted by many popular strains originating from different breeders around the globe. Myrcene is often referred to as one of the most “earthy” smelling varieties, featuring musky notes likened strongly to cloves. Additionally, myrcene contains fruit flavors of red grape and balsamic, with a hint of spice.

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Myrcene is a monoterpene that is an essential precursor to forming other secondary terpenes and so forth. The compound has been known to compose up to 50% of the total terpene content found in individual strains. Strains containing more than 0.5% Myrcene are most likely to induce sedative effects classically attributed to indicas.

Among myrcene’s potential health benefits include easing the symptoms of chronic pain and inflammation. Terpenes assist cannabinoids in absorbing into the blood brain barrier, binding to receptors in the endocannabinoid system, helping to encourage analgesic responses.

An area of health where myrcene displays especially therapeutic potential is in cancer treatment. CBD naturally suppresses excessive cell proliferation and may aid in reducing the size of tumors.


What’s more, terpenes are recognized as synergistic compounds that contribute to a complex phytocannabinoid environment[1].Terpenes work with CBD, THC and other cannabinoids, creating a union of compounds that achieve better results as a group than they would in isolation.

This theory is known as “the entourage effect,” postulating the necessity of keeping the integrity of the natural cannabis building blocks. The results of cannabis as a health supplement are best experienced when administered as whole plant therapies that feature more than just cannabinoids. When culled in high concentrations, terpenes can be harvested as essential oils that are used widely in dietary health and wellness supplements.


Once in a blue moon, a longstanding cannabis myth will be proven true thanks to the ever surprising compounds contained in cannabis. At some point throughout history, a rumor arose linking the eating of mangos to an increase in THC potency. This seemingly random comparison may sound like a theory envisioned during a long smoking session, but in fact, it is true!

Mangos, as well as hops, thyme, lemongrass and other plants all contain varying levels of myrcene. Anecdotal research has shown that eating mangos roughly forty-five minutes before consuming cannabis can indeed augment THC with a faster onset of psychoactive effects.



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Contributes To Sedative Effect Of Strong Indicas
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Famous cannabis strains high in the myrcene terpene represent predominantly well-known indica and hybrid varieties. Studies have shown that myrcene tends to encourage the notorious “couch-lock” induced by the sedative qualities of THC and a high concentration of Myrcene. At the same time, many myrcene strains are known for producing joyful and euphoric effects, in addition to an overall feeling of relaxation.


Special Kush 1 is a perfect, if not downright flashy example of a myrcene-heavy strain. As an extremely potent hybrid, Special Kush 1 is beloved by sufferers of chronic pain. What’s more, this strain embodies the trademarks of a myrcene aromatic profile with pungent earth and skunk.

Special Kush #1

Special Kush 1 Feminized

Genetic background Afghan x Kush
Yield indoor 15 - 16.8 oz/m2
Height indoor 2 - 3.3 feet
Flowering time 7 - 8 weeks
THC strength THC: 17% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
Blend 20% Sativa, 80% Indica
Yield outdoor 17.6 - 19.4 oz/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 6.6 - 8.9 feet
Harvest time Late September
Effect Clear & energetic

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White Widow, a hybrid acclaimed for its euphoric effects is known to contain large quantities of myrcene. The aromas of this breed retain classic “dirt” smells of wood and earth and emit a particularly pungent aroma. White Widow originates as a cross between a South American sativa landrace and a South Indian indica.

White Widow

White Widow Royal Queen Seeds

Genetic background White Widow S1
Yield indoor 17.6 - 19.4 oz/m2
Height indoor 2 - 3.3 feet
Flowering time 8 - 9 weeks
THC strength THC: 19% (aprox.) / CBD: Medium
Blend 50% Sativa, 50% Indica
Yield outdoor 17.6 - 19.4 oz/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 4.9 - 6.2 feet
Harvest time Late October
Effect Extremely stoned

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Legendary hybrid Skunk XL results from Colombian, Afghan and Mexican landraces that give this strain a 50/50 indica/sativa split. Skunk XL is known for its thorough head high that gives way to the relaxing effects of a classic indica. Skunk XL maintains sweet, fruity flavors that expose the natural deep fruit aromas of the myrcene terpene.

Skunk XL

Skunk XL Royal Queen Seeds

Genetic background Skunk
Yield indoor 17.6 - 19.4 oz/m2
Height indoor 2 - 3.3 feet
Flowering time 7 - 8 weeks
THC strength THC: 17% (aprox.) / CBD: Medium
Blend 50% Sativa, 50% Indica
Yield outdoor 17.6 - 19.4 oz/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 5.2 - 6.6 feet
Harvest time October
Effect A combination of stoned + high

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Despite new evidence supporting the efficacy of terpenes, we still have a lot to learn about how exactly these tiny hydrocarbons can be used therapeutically. Myrcene, with all of its incredible potential, is one of many terpenes that when studied together, may be the key to the future of cannabis medicine.

External Resources:
  1. Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects
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