EXPLORING THE CANNABIS TERPENE HUMULENE
Humulene is a common terpene shared by cannabis and hops. Hops are the ingredient that gives beer its fragrant aroma and robust flavor. Humulene is also found in other plant species and has been used in Eastern Holistic Medicine.
A LITTLE ABOUT HUMULENE
The terpene Humulene is found in a wide variety of plants and has been used for centuries in holistic Eastern medicinal practices. Western medicine, unfortunately, has been slower catching up with the benefits of terpenes and how they work in conjunction with cannabinoids to give us relief from so many different symptoms and ailments that come from chronic conditions.
Fortunately, modern scientists are now beginning to perform research on Humulene and other terpenes; these include studies on hops, ginseng and black pepper. So far, they know that Humulene is a powerful and safe anti-inflammatory, appetite suppressant, and an antibacterial agent.
Black pepper is often paired with turmeric as is helps to activate the turmeric and allows the body to use it more effectively. It could be that Humulene will play a similar role?
WHICH CANNABIS STRAINS CONTAIN HUMULENE?
Humulene is a relatively common terpene in cannabis and can be found in most strains with the same or similar concentrations. It is responsible for the spicy, herbaceous scent that can also have a subtle floral scent.
Myrcene, Pinene, and Humulene are the three main terpenes responsible for giving marijuana its distinct aroma that most people are familiar with. Even if you’ve never smoked marijuana medically or recreationally, you’ve likely been encountered with the smell of it from those people who have been using it.
Humulene is usually present in smaller concentrations than Myrcene or Pinene. Some strains of marijuana do have more Humulene in them, occurring naturally. These include Death Star, Headband, Thin Mint GSC, Original Glue, and Candy Land.
HUMULENE: MEDICINAL POTENTIAL
The benefits of Humulene are well-researched now, as scientists have turned open eyes to the vast potential of terpenes for therapeutic and medical use. Humulene is one that has been researched the most so far.
When paired with phytocannabinoids, Humulene may actually be able to destroy cancer cells. Humulene has also shown itself to be a good treatment of staphylococcus infections (Staph) which is known to be resistant to antibiotics in some of the worst cases.
As mentioned before, Humulene is also effective in playing a role in how medications are absorbed, metabolized and used by the body, helping prescription medications to be more effective when taken in conjunction with Humulene.