Yo, what’s good, it’s ya boy Dan and today we’re gonna talk about some real important stuff. You know how everyone’s always on about THC and CBD in cannabis, but what about those terpenes? Yeah, you heard me right, terpenes. These little hydrocarbons are secreted from trichomes alongside THC and CBD, and they’re responsible for those powerful smells that come from cannabis plants.
One of the most abundant terpenes in cannabis is called myrcene. It’s got some serious medical potential and can work together with other cannabinoids to create a whole bunch of beneficial effects. So let’s break it down.
First off, myrcene is found in a ton of different strains of cannabis from all around the world. It’s got a really earthy smell that some people say reminds them of cloves. But it’s not just about the aroma – myrcene makes up to 50% of the total terpene content in some strains, so it’s pretty important.
One of the things that myrcene is known for is its sedative effect. If you’ve ever smoked a really strong indica strain and felt like you were glued to the couch, that’s probably partly because of myrcene. It’s also been shown to help ease chronic pain and inflammation, which is huge for people who suffer from those conditions.
But wait, there’s more! Myrcene may also have some serious potential when it comes to cancer treatment. CBD is already known for its ability to slow down cell proliferation and reduce tumor size, but when combined with myrcene (and other terpenes), it can be even more effective.
So how does myrcene work? Well, it turns out that terpenes actually help cannabinoids (like THC and CBD) to be absorbed into the body more easily. They bind to receptors in the endocannabinoid system and help encourage analgesic responses. This is why it’s so important to keep the natural plant compounds together – when they work together, they have a greater effect than they would on their own.
And get this – eating mangoes before you smoke can actually increase the potency of THC! Mangos (along with other plants like hops and thyme) contain varying levels of myrcene, so eating them before you smoke can speed up the onset of psychoactive effects. How crazy is that?
Some popular strains that are high in myrcene include Special Kush 1, White Widow, and Skunk XL. These strains are known for producing relaxing effects and euphoria, along with that classic earthy smell.
There’s still a lot we don’t know about terpenes and their effects on the body, but studies like these are shedding new light on the potential benefits of cannabis. So next time you’re smoking some herb, take a moment to appreciate those terpenes – they might just be doing more than you think. Peace out!