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Humulene Terpene

Humulene Terpene: Strains, Effects, and Benefits

We continue our Terpene series with the Humulene Terpene, discussing in the following article:

  • What is Humulene terpene?
  • Scent and taste of Humulene
  • What contains Humulene?
  • Humulene effects and benefits
  • Which strains are rich in Humulene?

Terpenes are compounds found in various plants and are responsible for the different scents and effects. Never heard the term terpenes? Then we recommend the guide to

What is Humulene Terpene?

Humulene (pronounced Hyoomyuleen), also known as α-Humulene or α-Caryophyllene, is a terpene commonly found in cannabis and has the following formula: C15H24. Not to be confused with β-Caryophyllene, which is a close “relative”.

Scent and Taste of Humulene

Humulene is the terpene that brings marijuana and beer together. It is responsible for earthy, woody, spicy, and herbal aromas.

What Contains Humulene?

The name of the terpene itself comes from hops (Humulus lupulus), whose essential oils are richly contained and can comprise up to 40% Humulene.

It is also found in various types of wood, pine, tobacco, sage, cloves, basil, ginseng, ginger, black pepper, and of course, cannabis, where it contributes to that distinctive earth and wood aroma we call sharp.

Humulene Effects and Benefits

Like cannabis and cannabinoids, terpenes require further studies, of which more and more are conducted each year, although Humulene has been studied more extensively than other terpenes.

Humulene is easily absorbed by the human body, either through oral intake, aerosol, or topical application.

Humulene has shown promise in various areas that could benefit our health and well-being. It may have anti-inflammatory properties, which in turn could help with arthritis and other diseases. Humulene could also fight tumors and cancer cells.

The entourage effect of Humulene and other chemicals contained in cannabis could be great for weight loss due to its appetite-suppressing properties. In this respect, it resembles the THCV.

It could also act as an antihistamine, thus helping in the fight against allergies. Humulene also shows potential as an antibacterial agent.

Humulene is not just beneficial for humans, it's also a natural pesticide, meaning it helps the cannabis plant fend off pests and fungi. Due to these properties, Humulene could also be used against dengue fever and malaria.