Meet the Terpenes: Humulene

Over the past few months, this blog has been introducing you to terpenes, the aromatic oils secreted by the glands of plants. We’ve discussed pinene and linalool and the ways that they function in cannabis. Today we’re looking at humulene, a terpene that’s less abundant in cannabis, but still common in a variety of strains.

There are over 100 terpenes that are found in cannabis, and each has a specific effect (and when combined with one another and with cannabinoids, produce an entourage effect). Humulene lends earthy, woody, and spicy notes to cannabis and, unsurprisingly, hops.

According to Leafly, “Humulene, formerly classified as α-caryophyllene, is a sesquiterpene named after Humulus lupulus, a.k.a. the hops plant. Hops and cannabis are both in the taxonomic family Cannabaceae, and humulene plays a big role in providing the same aromatic notes to both species of plants.”

But terpenes do more than contribute their aromas to plants. Studies have indicated that each terpene has its own unique benefits. Some of humulene’s are:

  • A study published in Phytotherapy Research has indicated that humulene exhibits antibacterial properties.
  • Humulene has also been found to be an anti-inflammatory.
  • According to a study published in Planta Medica, humulene has an antitumor effect.

Now that you know all about humulene, you probably want to experience its effects for yourself, right? The Green Solution can help! All our cannabis is lab-tested to determine its terpene profile, and each strain has its own infographic (both online and in stores) that outlines its stats. You can check for a strain high in humulene (or any other terpene) by reading the information in the frame, or just ask a friendly Retail Associate for help.

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