Top 6 Strains High in Myrcene

Top 6 Strains High in Myrcene

Published on 12/19/22

Imagine if cannabis products had labels similar to boxes of food, allowing you not just to see all the ingredients within but to know how they affect your system. While some dispensaries are edging towards more disclosure of strain types and effects, many consumers face a mystery box when they purchase a joint of cannabis, with no factual information other than the THC or CBD content. Cannabis can contain as many as 100 different types of terpenes, however, all of which affect our experiences. The myrcene terpene is a popular substance, famous for its aroma and medicinal properties. While not all strains high in myrcene are strictly medicinal, many of the best strains for pain relief, anxiety, or insomnia often contain high levels of this terpene. What is myrcene, and how does it affect you when you toke up?

Myrcene Facts

Myrcene, like all other terpenes, are chemicals grown within plants for a variety of purposes. Since no plant, cannabis included, evolved to be rolled in a joint and smoked, these terpenes are meant to help and protect the plant in some way, like killing pests or making pollinators more interested. Many terpenes have a unique smell; limonene terpenes smell like citrus. The terpenes found in cannabis are also found in other plants, sometimes in more significant numbers; you can get more myrcene out of a mango than you can out of cannabis.

Myrcene dominant strains, nevertheless, are popular among cannabis fans. Myrcene benefits range from anti-inflammation to stress relief, sleep aid, and anti-anxiety. Although we give much of the credit in medicinal cannabis to its CBD count, the number of terpenes like myrcene can play as big a role as the cannabinoid quantities. Even so, a high amount of terpenes like myrcene in cannabis may not break even at .1%, indicating how a little can go a very long way. Here are some of the best myrcene strains of cannabis.

Grape Ape

The purples family has a few entries on this list due to its common ancestor. This particular indica-dominant strain, a result of Afghani, skunk, and Mendocino Purp, clocks in among the highest for myrcene. Grape Ape does indeed smell and taste like grapes, which has made it popular among newbies and sensitive palates alike. Grape Ape also clocks in with above-average quantities of beta-caryophyllene, another terpene recognized for medicinal properties, amplifying the myrcene effects to create a great medicinal strain.

OG Kush

Arguably the most popular myrcene strain, perhaps the most well-known strain of cannabis in the world, OG Kush has just about everything you want in cannabis. A combination of Chemdawg, Lemon Thai, and Hindu Kush, the OG remains the OG because it delivers. At 18% THC, it hits relatively hard without going overboard, while its complex flavoring blends spice and citrus. The terpene count reads like the ingredient list of a huge dinner: OG Kush is one of the strains high in myrcene and limonene, giving it a fruity flavor and calming power.

Tangerine Dream

It is no coincidence that strains with a distinctly fruity taste all clock in with high levels of myrcene. This terpene gives the fruit flavor of strains named after berries, lemons, and tangerines. Tangerine Dream is one of the forerunners of the Tangie family, a sativa that hits with a lot of power, boasting both 20% THC and 1% CBD. Able to boost energy while also alleviating pain, Tangerine Dream gets a lot of respect in both recreational and medicinal circles. It is also popular among growers, who can get a harvest within just 8 weeks.


Few strains are an experience as much as the Harlequin strain. If you take a quick look at its statistics, your eyes might bulge. It has just 5% THC, making it about a third to a quarter as potent as everyday bud, but its staggering 9% CBD ratio puts it off the charts compared to typical cannabis. Believe it or not, it is a sativa, not an indica. Still, it has become a go-to in the medicinal community for treatments for pain, insomnia, or low appetite. Its myrcene terpenes give it an earthy, spicy musk while helping to focus the mind.


A cross between Space Queen and Orange Velvet, you may have yet to hear of Jillybean, as it has not been on the market long. With 16% THC, it gets you high without gluing your rear end to the couch, making it a great pick-me-up strain to get through the day. Its myrcene terpenes give it the orange flavor and coloration that allow it to stand out from the crowd, as the beautiful color scheme makes it look like the flag of Ireland.

Blue Dream

Named because of its soporific effects, Blue Dream is supposed to help you sleep and possibly even give you some interesting dreams. A west coast sativa strain that mixes Blueberry with Super Silver Haze, Blue Dream has one of the most robust myrcene terpene counts in the business, giving it the taste of, yes, blueberries. It is another popular medicinal strain, famous for helping with nausea, depression, and inflammation. Both relaxing and mentally stimulating, it can be a great choice when you are tightly wound and need to get out of your own head.

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