Myrcene is the most common terpene found in most modern cannabis strains, making up about 20% of the terpene profile on average. “Wow, that’s a lot of myrcene” you may be thinking, followed by “Wait, what is myrcene? And also, what exactly is a terpene?” While knowing the terpene profiles of each strain that you buy in the dispensary isn’t required, it can help you find the strain with the specific flavor and effects you’re looking for. If you like strains that are a little dreamy, a little funky, and that will relax your body and your mind - or relieve aches and pains - you may want to try one of our top 10 high myrcene strains. But first, let’s dive into what exactly we mean by terpene profiles. What are Terpenes? Terpenes are fragrant oils produced in cannabis and other plants as a way to send chemical signals, attract pollinators, or repel pests. Limonene, for example, is the terpene that gives the zesty scent to both lemon rinds and lemon tasting weed like Super Lemon Haze.
Trichomes are the powerhouse on cannabis plant that produce terpenes. Photo credit: Shutterstock
Another terpene, Pinene, gives that crisp, invigorating smell to both evergreen tree needles and Jack Herer
. Cannabis plants produce both terpenes and cannabinoids like THC in their trichomes, the sugary, mushroom-shaped crystals that grow on the buds. Terpene Profiles and The Entourage Effect Terpenes are what gives each strain their flavor and smell. However, the terpene profiles of each strain also affect how cannabinoids like THC and CBD interact with the brain, which is what gives each strain its specific effects. This is called the “entourage effect.” To use an imperfect analogy: if your brain was a car, cannabinoids press the gas pedal while terpenes steer the car. So what does it mean – taste and effects-wise – for strains to have high myrcene terpene profiles? Flavor of High Myrcene Strains Myrcene is one of the tropical fruit flavored terpenes usually dominant in “mango weed strains” like Mango Haze
, Mango Dream, or Mango Kush. However, strains high in myrcene can also have a dank flavor that can come off as a little earthy, a little sweet, or both.
Myrcene is found naturally in lemongrass. Photo credit: Shutterstock
Myrcene dominates the lemongrass flavor of Lemon Haze, gives Blue Cheese its skunky musk, and Grape Ape its sugary bite.
Effects of High Myrcene Strains
Myrcene brings on a peaceful, easy feeling in your mind and especially in your body. Whether you’re smoking a sativa, an indica, or a hybrid, a high myrcene strain will generally provide that chill, dreamy type of high that tells all your worries to go kick rocks.
Myrcene provides feelings of relaxation. Photo credit: Shutterstock
It also unwinds tension throughout your limbs, restores overworked muscles, and gets you comfortable when it’s time to doze off. Medically it helps with chronic pain, joint aches, migraine, and stress, and anxiety.
Top 10 High Myrcene Strains
Blue Dream is a favorite for most medical patients seeking high pain relief. Blue Dream
’s got some hazy cerebral effects and a sweet blueberry flavor, but this strain’s high myrcene content can mostly be felt in the pain-relieving effects that make it a favorite of medical patients everywhere. The warm, numbing body high can relieve the aches and pains related to both athletic injuries, and chronic, long term ailments. Bubba Kush
Bubba Kush provides full-bodied comfort.
This high myrcene strain doubles down on its reputation for dank and sweet terpene profiles and relaxing effects. Indica-dominant, Bubba Kush
’s initial head fog quickly dissipates into a tension melting, full-bodied comfort. While you’ll still be able to focus on the task or conversation at hand, you’ll be doing it while feeling a floaty sense of relaxation and slow-breathing awareness. Mango Kush
Mango Kush is a great strain for people that suffer from anxiety. Photo credit: Shutterstock Mango Kush
’s tropical fruit flavored terpenes are prominent in this mango weed strain. The giggly, talkative rush of Mango Kush usually settles into a stoney, indica-dominant body high that’ll soon have you ready to doze off. This high myrcene strain is not recommended for day use, but if your joints or muscles are aching in the evening, or your head’s pounding from your racing thoughts, this mango weed strain will let you rest easy.
Blue Cheese provides a mellow high.
A dank, funky aroma wafts off blue cheese, with a savory and sweet taste that blends fruit and earthy herbs. Blue Cheese
is a mellow strain that lets you know things will all work out. Relaxation creeps through your body, deepening into a warm, glowing sense of happiness that will stop you from tossing and turning all night.
Like its name, Granddaddy Purple flaunts dark purple hues.
One of the most popular indica-dominant strains on the West Coast, this night-time strain packs an insomnia-curing punch thanks to its high myrcene content. Take a couple hits off Granddaddy Purple
, and get ready for a tsunami of drowsy, contented relaxation to wash over your body and mind, treating whatever is ailing you.
Critical Mass is a very potent, strong high that becomes sedative.
Coming on strong with a dank, earthy funk, Critical Mass
’ myrcene rich terpene profile imparts a lazy, sedated body high. While this strain can also clear your mind and bring on a creative focus, it may be hard to do anything but lay back and think deep thoughts. This strain is also great for easing aches and pains, reducing stress, and alleviating migraines.
Mango Puff has a spicy aftertaste. Photo credit: Shutterstock
Flavor-wise, this Mango Puff
’s terpene profile lives up to the name: a cocktail of tropical fruit flavored terpenes dominated by mango-citrus spiciness with earthy undertones. Effects-wise, medical patients who are frequently fatigued, afflicted by chronic pain, or suffering from headaches will find relief in Mango Puff. Recreational weed smokers will enjoy the tingly, relaxing, tranquil tropical escape that Mango Puff provides.
Purple Urkle can help as an appetite stimulate. Purple Urkle
’s myrcene heavy terpene profile comes through as a sweet and skunky flavor profile accented by tropical fruit flavored terpenes. This strain will hitch up its pants and invent solutions to your insomnia and anxiety. If you find your pain managed and appetite stimulated, you may find this strain asking “Did I do that?”
Jillybean is a very fruity strain that is dusted in creamy trichomes
A mango weed strain in all but name, Jillybean
’s high myrcene content tastes like if mango and pineapple jelly beans had a baby. Effects-wise, Jillybean is sativa-dominant with a pleasant, energy-filled rush of euphoria as well as a mild, soothing body high. Jillybean is a treat for anyone feeling down or anxious. Medically, it’s best for treating mild aches and pains such as headaches or menstrual cramps.
Harlequin is a high CBD strain sought out by medical patients. Photo credit: Shutterstock
Another undercover myrcene weed strain, this high-CBD strain’s mango and citrus fruit flavored terpenes feature heavily in Harlequin’s flavor and effects. The high CBD and high myrcene content blend together to confer a mellow mindset and clear-headed perspective that verges on pure sobriety. Medically, Harlequin
has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can alleviate joint pain, arthritis, neuralgic pain, and other chronic conditions without heavy body effects.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Strains Contain the Most Myrcene?
Blue Dream, Bubba Kush, Mango Kush, Granddaddy Purple, Critical Mass, Mango Puff, Purple Urkle, Jillybean, and Harlequin all contain high levels of myrcene.
How Does Myrcene Make You Feel?
Strains high in myrcene generally make you feel relaxed, stress free, and can be used as a sedative. It also helps relieve aches and pains throughout your body and has anti-inflammatory properties.
How Much Myrcene is in a Mango?
Depends on the size, but on average, a mango contains less than 1mg of myrcene.
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