Terpene Profile: Humulene

There are hundreds of compounds in a cannabis plant including cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenoids (commonly referred to as terpenes). Many people select their cannabis based strictly on cannabinoid levels, usually THC and more recently CBD. But there is an even more important component to consider: The terpene profile.

Terpenes are a group of essential oils natural occurring in cannabis plants. The terpenes are secondary metabolites biosynthesized in the glandular trichomes of the leaves and flowers and accumulate in the exuded resin. Many terpenes will act synergistically with each other, as well as other compounds in the cannabis plant. It’s these terpenes that are responsible for the characteristic aromas, flavor and effects each strain induces.

Humulene is one such terepene. It is an isomer of b-Caryophyllene, another very therapeutic terpene. This means that these terpenes share the same chemical formula, but differ in structure. Humulene is evident from its strong earthy, woodsy aroma. It is also found naturally in hops, sage and ginseng. Strains rich in Humulene will potentiate the effects of b-caryophyllene on anti-cancer activity. Humulene has very potent anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Those looking for relief from chronic inflammation or pain should look for this terpene. In addition, those battling fungal infections, cancers or looking to prevent both can benefit from its anti-proliferative properties. See a study from 2007 found here.

The final bonus of Humulene for many, is that it is a natural appetite suppressant. So if you find that cannabis induces your appetite too much, selecting strains rich in Humulene may help curb those cravings.

Selecting strains based on terpenes rather than just cannabinoids brings an entirely new dimension to the cannabis consumer and something we strongly promote. Not only will you find synergistic results for remedying a myriad of conditions such as pain, inflammation, insomnia, depression, anxiety, addiction, epilepsy, cancer, fungal and bacterial infections, you’ll also be able to intelligently select new strains that are best for your body, based on matching up the terpene profile, when your favorite strain is not available

To learn more, see our complete Terpene Chart and Why Terpenes Matter article as published in SKUNK Magazine.

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