Current pharmacologists believe that higher levels of myrcene in ratio to other terpenes is to blame for a single strain seeming more indica-like versus another.
Learning about the effects and pharmacology of cannabis has been an alarmingly slow but rewarding journey. I really thought I knew so much when I first tried it so many years back. I knew about the difference between sativas and indicas, how most allege to experience extremely stimulating effects from the former and sedating effects from the latter. I knew that there was a big difference between the experience of vaporizing cannabis buds versus concentrates. This was not just for the higher concentration of THC in every hit, but also the array of cannabinoids and terpenes that are present in dried cannabis buds. These cannabinoids and terpenes will actually be destroyed during the extraction process in many cases, with some extraction methods yielding better results than others. But there was something vital about terpenes that took me a long while to understand. I took it for granted that I experienced something much different with a sativa opposed to an indica. I guess I assumed it had to do with the varying CBD levels, but I was entirely wrong. Myrcene is a normal terpene in sedating strains of cannabis. Current pharmacologists believe that higher levels of myrcene in ratio to other terpenes is to blame for a single strain seeming more indica-like versus another. The dispensaries are certainly doing their best, but their employees are severely ignorant to these details. The dispensary workers often have no idea whatsoever that sativas were usually plants with longer leaves and indicas had short and fat leaves. Either variety of cannabis can have high or low levels of myrcene, which makes the traditional sativa-indica distinction rather problematic. It’s not the size of the leaf that determines the form or style of psychoactivity, nor does the whole psychoactivity tell you what kind of leaf to expect from the strain you are using.