"Years of research and testing have gone into finding the optimal combination of terpenes, cannabinoids and flavonoids in our range of products, so that each is targeted to address specific ailments."
Spokesperson at Well lab
Sleep. It seems people in the UK just can’t seem to get enough of it. Insomnia is thought to affect around 35% of the adult population (although some suggest this is as high as 60%). Internet searches for topics related to ‘sleep’ or ‘insomnia’ stand at around 86,390 times per month and research into ‘sleep apnea’ has risen 38% in the last two years. According to one survey, around £8billion is spent every year on sleep tablets, sleep aids and supplements.
But there could be good news for sleep-deprived adults, as more is being learnt about the benefits of Myrcene.
Myrcene is a powerful plant extract that has been shown in studies to improve sleep duration by up to 2.6 times.
It’s a key ingredient in a one of the new CBD products from Cheshire-based wellness firm, Well lab. The sleep-inducing terpene Myrcene is used in Well lab REST, alongside other plant extracts that help to de-stress and prepare the body for a restful night.
Here we take a deep dive into the origins of Myrcene, examine how research has highlighted its suggested health benefits, as well as explaining how it can be used alongside other terpenes to enhance the effectiveness of CBD.
What is Myrcene?
Mrycene (p myr·cene |ˈmərˌsēn, -sə̇n \) is a compound that can be derived from plants such as bay, parsley, ylang ylang, basil, mango, hops, lemongrass, cannabis, verbena and the plant from which its name is taken – Myrcia sphaerocarpa. This is a shrub from Brazil which in the past has been used to address conditions such as diabetes and dysentery.
It is classed as a monoterpene – with the simplest chemical structure of any of the aromatic compounds.
Myrcene can be recognised by its peppery, spicy aroma with earthy undertones. People describe myrcene as tasting fruity, musky or herby.
What does Myrcene do?
The main association made with myrcene is that it is a natural remedy for people who struggle to fall or stay asleep, including those suffering with insomnia. It has been proven in research to have a strong sedative effect, increasing sleep-duration in mice by more than two and a half times in one study.
Myrcene has analgesic properties that it’s believed are enhanced when combined with other compounds. Because of these pain-blocking effects, it could be even more effective for anyone being kept awake by pain or discomfort stemming from muscular, skeletal issues or injury.
Traditionally and for many years in herbal medicine, myrcene has been used to improve sleep, reduce pain, promote relaxation, relieve anxiety and strengthen the immune system.
Background on terpenes
Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in cannabis and other plants and herbs. Research is mounting to say that CBD and terpenes work in synergy with one another and in doing so, can become greater than the sum of their parts. A spokesperson from Well lab said:
“Many years of research and testing have gone into finding the optimal combination of terpenes, cannabinoids, and flavonoids in Well lab’s range of CBD products, so that each is targeted to address specific ailments. Our CBD oils are formulated under stringent lab conditions to deliver high-quality natural products with the greatest possible benefits for our consumers. Every product comes from a professional lab equipped with the latest cutting-edge technology and staffed by knowledgeable experts in CBD production."
Well lab 02/REST
Alongside high-quality CBD oil, Myrcene, is a key ingredient in Well lab’s REST CBD oil, thanks to its natural sedative effects.
Well lab believes that self-care begins with a well-rested mind and body. The brand’s new Rest CBD Oil contains a premium blend of naturally relaxing terpenes and herbal extracts designed to calm the mind, aid comfortable sleep and promote good, nourishing rest.
Whether you’re looking to address sleep problems such as insomnia or simply counteract the stress of a busy day, use Rest CBD Oil to deliver a range of relaxing properties. This is broad-spectrum CBD distillate containing 0% THC, available in two concentrations.
Available to buy now priced from £49.99 - https://www.welllab.co.uk/product/well-lab-cbd-oil-rest/