Last updated: November 18, 2021

What Does Humulene Mean?

Cannabis plants contain up to 200 different terpenes, which are fragrant essential oils that are secreted from the plants in addition to cannabinoids like THC and CBD. Humulene is one type of the 20 main terpenes that may appear in certain strains of marijuana.

Humulene terpenes smell like hops with their woodsy, earthy aromas and possess anti-inflammatory properties that are very helpful for the treatment of conditions like arthritis, bursitis, fibromyalgia, and any other conditions that benefit from a reduction of systemic inflammation.

Humulene, when combined with BCP (Betacaryophyllene), which is another terpene that is sometimes categorized as a cannabinoid, is most effective as an anti-inflammatory.

On top of acting as an anti-inflammatory, humulene also acts as an appetite suppressant (anorectic) and has also been shown to decrease edema formation that results from histamine injections. It has also been used in China as a medicine for thousands of years for a wide variety of applications.


Maximum Yield Explains Humulene

Humulene is one of the predominant terpenes in Humulus Lupulus, common hops, from which it gets its name. It is also commonly found in cannabis, sage, basil, and ginseng plants. It is also commonly called α-humulene or α-caryophyllene.

Some strains known to test high in humulene include White Widow, Girl Scout Cookies, Headband, Pink Kush, Sour Diesel, and Skywalker OG.

Humulene acts as an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, and also is believed to secrete interleukin-8 and consist of anti-cancer properties. The anti-bacterial properties of humulene have long been known and used in folk medicines, but little research has been done to verify the claims.

Humulene seems to be a powerful anti-inflammatory in all forms tested, whether topical or internal. The anti-cancer properties of humulene were first highlighted in a 2003 study, which suggests the properties may have to do with humulene’s ability to produce Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS).


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