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Humulene: Cannabis Terpene Profile

humulene chemical

Boiling Point: 388 degrees Farenheit

Family: Cannabaceae, also shared with Hops (Humulus) and Celtis (Hackberries)

The Flavor of Humulene

Humulene flavor and scent is typically pretty hoppy with spicy earthy and woody undertones.

The Beneficial Effects of Humulene

  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-nociceptive (deals with perception of pain)
  • gastrointestinal protectant
  • supresses appetite

A 2007 study compared its anti-inflammatory effects to the steroidal drug dexamethasone. Humulene is found in Balsam fir oil (a.k.a. Abies balsamea oil), and is believed to be an active mechanism in fighting tumors, as shown by its ability to create Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS). Please note that, while high concentrations of humulene alone may have some therapeutic effects, there is no evidence that the low levels in cannabis could transmit any of those potential effects.

Other Effects

  • sense of well-being
  • anti-bacterial
  • anti-fungal
  • natural insecticide

Synergizes well with Caryophyllene, Limonene, Mycrene.

Similar to Caryophyllene, Humulene binds to the CB2 receptors, found primarily in the immune system.

Found in Ginseng, Hops, Pine Trees, Tobacco, Sage, Sunflowers, Basil, Ginger, Oranges and Cannabis. 

Cannabis Cultivars Containing Humulene

  • Alaskan Thunder Fuck
  • Amnesia Bubba Kush
  • Bruce Banner
  • Candyland
  • Cinderella 99
  • Cookies and Cream
  • Deathstar
  • Girl Scout Cookies (AKA GSC)