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Your Illinois Cannabis Authority

Possible Medicinal Properties Beta-Myrcene has been shown to change the permeability of cell membranes to allow more absorption of cannabinoids by the brain. It has been used in S. America via the myrcia shrub as a medicine for hundreds of years as a folk remedy for diabetes, dysentery, diarrhea, and hypertension.


Flavor Profile: balsamic, fruit, clove-like, geranium, herbal, musty

Found In (partial list):  thyme, lemongrass, mangoes, myrciahouttuynia, verbena, pimenta racemosa, basil, hop, cannabis 

Scent Profile: : earthy, balsamic, spicy, clove-like, fruity, very pungent in high quantities (e.g., hop)

NOTE: It is interesting to point out that a government report exists detailing the possible carcinogenic effects of Beta-Myrcene. This report details findings in mice, which does not necessarily make any direct correlation with effects on humans.

IMPORTANT: Beta-Myrcene is key in the formation of other terpenes and it synergizes the antibiotic potential of other terpenes.  

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Beta-Myrcene May Help in Treating Or in Acting As:​​

pain reliever

muscle spasms

​anti-bacterial - slows bacterial growth

anti-diabetic - helps mitigate the effects of diabetes

sleep aid/sedation

​Anti-Proliferative/Anti-Mutagenic – Inhibits cell mutation, including cancer cells

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Beta-Myrcene

NOTES: Categorized as a Primary terpene in cannabis. According to Steep Hill Labs, "The amount of Beta-Myrcene in a particular sample of cannabis determines if the plant will exhibit an indica or sativa effect." Alpha-Myrcene does not occur naturally and is rarely used.