Know Your Terpenes – Myrcene


Myrcene is an earthy, citrusy terpene with an aroma suggestive of hops, cloves, and tropical fruits. Nuances of mint and mango are often detected in Myrcene’s strong fragrance. Strains known for their content of Myrcene include Phantom OG, Afghani, Bubble Gum, White Widow, Skunk #1, El Nino, Himalyan Gold, and Pure Kush. Isolated Myrcene can be naturally sourced from hops (Humulus lupulus), thyme (Thymus vulgaris), lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus), mangoes (Mangifera indica), basil (Ocimum basilicum), and bay laurel leaves (Laurus nobilis). Myrcene is the most prevalent terpene naturally found in most varieties of cannabis. The cannabinoid THC works synergistically with Myrcene to create a stronger experience. Myrcene impacts the permeability of cells in the brain, increasing the absorption of THC (and other terpenes). Myrcene can be used to promote sedation, muscle relaxation, restful sleeping. Myrcene displays powerful pain-relieving properties, along with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial benefits. This has lead to the suggestion that Myrcene may have the potential to act as an alternate to some aspirin-like pharmaceuticals.



Type of Terpene: Monoterpene

CAS: 123-25-3
FEMA: 2762
Formula: C10H16
Molecular Mass: 136.23 g/mol
LD50: > 5,000 mg/kg
Sources: Myrcia, Bay Tree, Mango, Ylang-ylang, Wild Thyme, Parsley, Hops, Houttuynia, Verbena
Storage: 2 – 8 C, proper ventilation, spark proof environment

Relative Density: 0.801 g/mL
Water Solubility: 0.00109 g/L at 20 C
Auto-ignition Temp: 255 C
Melting Point: < -80 C
Boiling Point: 167 C
Flash Point: 44 C


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