30 May Spicy Myrcene Precursor in Formation of Other Terpenes
Myrcene is one of the many terpenes found in cannabis, including hemp. Terpenes are a class of phytochemicals found in a wide variety of plants, just some of the many chemical compounds found naturally in the hemp plant. Terpenes are responsible for a plant’s aroma and flavor and may have a range of uses since they can interact with many types of cell receptors and enzymes.
When you take a full-spectrum hemp oil supplement, you receive much more than simply CBD. Hemp oil also contains trace cannabinoids, essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, flavonoids, and, of course, terpenes. Different cannabis plants contain hundreds of terpenes in varying combinations.
Myrcene is usually available as a yellow oily liquid with a pleasing odor. You can easily recognize it by its spicy, musky scent that often smells and tastes earthy and like cloves. Additionally, myrcene can contain fruit flavors like red grape or be sweet and citrusy. Myrcene occurs naturally in many plants, including cannabis, hops, ylang-ylang, lemongrass, parsley, cardamom, bay, and thyme.
Myrcene has been shown to change the permeability of cell membranes and lower resistance across the blood–brain barrier, as well as increase the maximum saturation level of the CB1 receptor, meaning it may increase the efficacy of cannabinoids and other terpenes.
In commercial use, myrcene is widely used in the scent and flavor industries, mixed with other terpenes and chemical compounds in the creation of finished products with balsamic, fruit, and herb flavors.
Myrcene is a crucial precursor to the formation of other terpenes found in plants like cannabis and possesses many similar effects on the human body. For that reason, it is closely studied for its potential benefits and uses both medically and commercially.
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