Terpenes are the aromatic botanical compounds that give plants their characteristic aromas. We have identified more than 20,000 terpenes so far, and they can be found in all plants, flowers, and bushes.
Industrial Hemp contains over 120 terpenes. Myrcene is one of the most abundant terpenes in Hemp. It has the earthy and musky aroma that is often associated with Hemp and CBD.
Besides myrcene, Industrial Hemp is brimming with terpenes such as linalool, beta-caryophyllene, limonene, pinene, humulene, and more.
Each terpene offers its own beneficial potential. Some terpenes may have anti-inflammatory qualities, others may be anti-bacterial, while others may be antioxidant.
Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil contains all the helpful and beneficial terpenes found in Hemp.
What Is Myrcene?
Myrcene is a terpene that is found in Hemp.
Researchers categorize terpenes according to their dominant scent. Myrcene’s aromas are often described as earthy, natural, and musky. There is a hint of spice and of red grapes.
Myrcene is found in several plants, flowers, and fruit such as bay leaves, lemongrass, thyme, hops, mangoes, and parsley.
Myrcene is found in the leaves and stems of Hemp. Since Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil is processed from the leaves, stems, and flowers of Industrial Hemp, it is full of the beneficial potential of myrcene.
This is not true of all Hemp oil. For example, hemp seed oil is produced from the seeds of Hemp. It is highly moisturizing and healthy and is commonly found in cosmetics and skincare products thanks to its hydrating qualities. Unlike Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil, however, it has no CBD, terpenes, or flavonoids, as these are only found in the stems, flowers, and leaves of Hemp.
How Abundant Is Myrcene?
Myrcene is the most abundant terpene in many Hemp strains, accounting for over 20% of the total terpene content.
Approximately 40% of Hemp strains have myrcene as their dominant terpene. The second most abundant is caryophyllene, followed by limonene.
These percentages vary, depending on strains. Some strains have more myrcene while others may be limonene-dominant. These differences in Hemp strains create the many different aromatic profiles and give each strain its distinctive and distinct aromatic characteristics.
What Are the Health Benefits of Myrcene?
Myrcene for Pain Relief
Myrcene appears to interact with the TPRV1 receptor, which is linked to pain perception. A 2019 research paper concluded that “these data establish TRPV1 as a target of Myrcene and suggest the therapeutic potential of analgesic formulations containing Myrcene.”
Myrcene for Oxidative Damage
Oxidative stress makes our bodies age and can lead to early aging and chronic diseases.
Sometimes, molecules in our bodies lose an electron. When that happens, the molecule becomes a so-called free radical. To replace its missing electron, it reacts with other molecules. This can create more free radicals in the process, triggering a chain reaction.
Antioxidant compounds can help stop this process, as they can donate electrons without becoming unstable themselves. By reacting with free radicals, they make them stable before they can damage the body.
Our bodies need free radicals to help fight off pathogens. However, an overabundance of free radicals can contribute to aging and lead to a number of diseases over time. Antioxidants help us stay healthy by helping maintain the delicate balance between free radicals and antioxidants.
Myrcene has antioxidant properties. One of the main causes of oxidative damage is skin aging, particularly due to sun exposure. A 2017 research paper concluded that “our data indicate that myrcene has a potential protective effect on UVB-induced human skin photoaging. Therefore, myrcene might have applications in the skincare industry.”
Myrcene for Inflammation
A 2015 study displayed that myrcene may help decrease inflammation in bone cartilage—a type of inflammation associated with osteoarthritis. This suggests that myrcene may be helpful with inflammation, particularly chronic kinds of inflammation such as arthritis, Crohn’s, and other inflammatory diseases. Further research is necessary to test this hypothesis.
Where Can I Find Myrcene?
Myrcene is found in all Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil products. However, not all products are the same. Hemp Oil and CBD products are categorized according to their content in cannabinoids and other natural compounds.
Full-Spectrum CBD also contains myrcene and the other terpenes found in Hemp, as well as valuable flavonoids such as quercetin and apigenin, and various minerals and vitamins. These all contribute to Hemp’s beneficial properties.
When you buy a Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil product, you are benefiting from the potential of all of Hemp’s valuable compounds, including myrcene.
Broad-spectrum hemp oil is similar to Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil. However, all traces of THC have been removed. While broad-spectrum hemp oil also contains myrcene, the process of removing THC may remove part of Hemp’s precious compounds as well.
CBD isolate only contains CBD. Any other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, vitamins, and minerals have been removed, so CBD isolate doesn’t have any myrcene.
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