There are over 20,000 known terpenes present in various plant and animal species on earth. Terpenes are the compounds that give spring blossoms their sweetness and sweaty socks their skank. They have tongue-tricking names like monocyclic sesquiterpenes and unconjugated dienes. Our world would be flavourless and aroma-less if terpenes did not exist.

Humulene, formerly known as α-caryophyllene, is one of the core cannabis terpenes, along with myrcene and terpinolene, limonene, pinene, and geraniol. These six impart the marijuana-ness of the delicious aromas that all cannabis shares. Terpene concentration varies from strain to strain, but thanks to these volatile compounds, marijuana retains its distinctive, beloved scent. Other terpenes such as terpinene and camphene offer unique benefits to fragrances and cosmetic products, but cannabis is one of the predominant venues where terpenes really shine.

Humulene is a very common terpene in nature. It is responsible for the distinct bouquets and flavours of a number of well-known herbs and products. Beer would not be beer without the hoppy taste that humulene gives to the hop plant. The unmistakable tang that makes beer so refreshing is thanks to this delicious essential oil. It is also the reason that culinary sage, ginger, and ginseng have their burning bite. It is humulene, combined with pinene, that announces a pine forest in a summer breeze.

Humulene Terpene Ginseng And Cannabis


The cannabis plant produces humulene as part of its natural defences. Many other terpenes and over one hundred cannabinoids are produced in the resin of mature flowers. They act together as antifungal agents and anti-desiccants, antibiotics, and antibacterials. The same resins inhibit predation from insect pests and animals. It is exactly these qualities that make the essential oils contained in marijuana so useful. In the home, they can be extracted and utilised day-to-day as topical skin balms for inflammation or as natural pesticides. In the clinic, they can be applied as powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory agents.

Humulene is always part of the cannabis terpene profile. Therefore, this prolific oil plays a part in all of the modified genotypes of different strains. Humulene helps distinguish fragrances, recreational effects, and overall therapeutic efficacy. Humulene is a well-researched compound and breeders are endeavouring to produce high humulene strains in effort to up the therapeutic ante of cannabis.

Humulene Cannabis Cannabinoids Terpene


The effectiveness of many herbal medicines is due to their humulene content. Remedies in ancient Chinese apothecaries were notably high in humulene. Humulene is released when hops are steeped and can be used as an effective sedative. In the same vein, pepper and ginseng (both containing humulene) can be prepared as natural antibiotics.

Humulene acts as an antibacterial agent and has anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. In small quantities, it has been shown to kill the S.aureus bacteria. A 2003 study showed that humulene, especially when acting in concert with other terpenes and cannabinoids, killed cancer cells. The most recent studies concluded that humulene was as effective of an anti-inflammatory as the steroidal drug dexamethasone. Further still, humulene is frequently invoked as an appetite suppressant, which may lead to more widespread use in the future.

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