Terpene Tuesday: Humulene
This common terpene was named after the Hops Plant (Humulus lupulus) because of its abundance in Hops. Humulene is also found in sage, ginger, and of course, cannabis.
The aroma is woody, earthy, and spicy, “It is humulene, combined with pinene, that announces a pine forest in a summer breeze” – Royal Queen Seeds
Unlike so much in the cannabis world – Humulene is well researched and has been used for centuries in Chinese medicine.
Humulene is a calming, sedative terpene – think more along the lines of Indica when you think of humulene.
It’s benefits are said to be:
- Potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects to cannabis products of all kinds.
- Pain relief
- Antifungal – Good Topically for fungal skin infections
- Effective sedative
- Fights inflammation – including reducing airway inflammation due to allergies, help fight infection by boosting the body’s immune responses
- Like many terpenes and cannabinoids, it has promising research against cancer – suppress tumor development and support a process called apoptosis—the natural death of cells
- Humulene can help with weight loss – humulene works in a similar fashion to the cannabinoid THCV by suppressing appetite
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