Definition - What does Beta-Myrcene mean?
Beta-myrcene, or simply myrcene, is an essential oil found in many different plants. It is also found in quite a few strains of marijuana, and is being studied for its many potential medical uses. It is also responsible for creating strong fragrances and tastes.
Found in plants ranging from hops to thyme and even mangoes, beta-myrcene creates a strong, robust flavor and aroma. Like other essential oils, myrcene is a terpene.
Hydrolife explains Beta-Myrcene
Essential oils are found in all plants, in varying concentrations. While there are numerous essential oils that offer medicinal benefits, beta-myrcene is one of the those coming under increasing study.
One important note about beta-myrcene is that it works synergistically with THC. This allows cannabinoids to bridge the blood-brain barrier more easily, creating stronger sensations in users. However, this terpene can also be isolated, extracted, and concentrated (from other plants, but also from cannabis). In this form, it can be used without any effects of THC.
Some of the benefits linked to intake of beta-myrcene include anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as use as a pain reliever. It is naturally antibiotic, and it can be used as a sedative, as well. Marijuana users who take in a significant amount of myrcene with THC sometimes report an indica-like effect in terms of sedation.
Interestingly, beta-myrcene has also been linked to antimutagenic properties, making it a potential tool in the fight against many forms of cancer. It can also work in concert with other terpenes to augment their effects.
Beta-myrcene is found in all strains of marijuana, but it should be noted that levels of this terpene vary significantly from grower to grower, and even crop to crop of the same strain.