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What Is Myrcene: A Closer Look at This Fascinating Terpene


Myrcene is responsible for so many of the reasons we love cannabis- which makes a lot of sense considering it’s the most common terpene found in the plant.

Myrcene is found naturally throughout different plants in nature, with cannabis being one of its primary plants.

Considering how much this powerful terpene contributes to your cannabis experiences, you’d be remiss not to know more about it!

Where Is Myrcene Found Naturally?

Myrcene terpene is found in “a large number of plant species,” but is most notably found in the following essential oils:

  • Hops
  • Lemongrass
  • Cannabis
  • Bay
  • Verbena
Myrcene is also found in citrus fruits and their subsequent juices.

Myrcene is one of the main factors behind beer’s “green hop aroma” and is one of the main players when it comes to dry hopped beers. It can even make up up to 70% of hop essential oil!

What Is Beta Myrcene Used For?

Beta myrcene is commonly used as a food additive to alter smell and flavor. B myrcene is also used in detergents, soap, and makeup and skin products.

Meta myrcene is known as “synergistic,” meaning it can help the flavor of beer just by being part of the terpene profile. It helps other essential oils that have similar structures be more prominent.

What Does Myrcene Smell Like In Cannabis?

Myrcene in weed gives cannabis its familiar earthy, spicy smell.

Considering that myrcene is the most common terpene found in cannabis, it’s likely that a lot of the common traits you know and love about cannabis are due to myrcene.

How Much Myrcene Is In Weed?

Myrcene is the most abundant and most common terpene found in cannabis. Myrcene makes up roughly 65% of the terpenes found in any given cannabis plant.

What Strains Are Myrcene Dominant?

Myrcene terpene strains include:

Myrcene is quite responsible for the aroma of different cannabis strains and provides a “mildly sweet flavour profile and proviceds scent notes that are spicy, earthy and musky” (Louis, B. W. S. (Ed.). (2018). Cannabis: a clinician's guide. CRC Press.)

Here at The Health Center, we pride ourselves on offering a wide array of strains to both recreational and medical users. Check out our Denver or Boulder locations- or shop online- to get your favorite myrcene-dominant strain!

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