What is Humulene?

Humulene is a terpene found in a variety of cannabis strains including hybrids, sativas and indicas. Humulene tends to appear in cannabis in smaller quantities than many other terpenes. Cannabis plants with significant levels of myrcene tend to emit a smell commonly described as earthy, spicy, and wood-like. Humulene is found in a variety of hops used to make beer and specifically IPAs. Humulene can also be found in basil, clove, ginseng, ginger and sage. Research has shown that humulene possesses anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties like other terpenes. For cannabis consumers looking to curb their appetite, humulene rich strains have been shown to suppress appetite.

Cannabis Terpenes: Humulene

Medicinal Benefits of Humulene

Currently, there is not enough research to claim that humulene is a proven treatment for any medical condition by itself. Humulene is present in many essential oils that have antimicrobial properties and has been linked to reducing the size of tumors. Research has also shown that when combined with phytocannabinoids, humulene can help kill cancer cells. Tests have shown that humulene may also provide anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial properties when consumed at significant levels.

Humulene is a terpene that helps deter pests and prevent fungal growth as cannabis plants mature.

Common Cannabis Strains with Humulene

Humulene is present in several cannabis plants but rarely at such a level that would be effective at fighting a disease. Anyone researching humulene as a form of treatment should consult with their physician to discuss appropriate dosing and methods of consumption. Below you’ll see a list of common cannabis strains with significant levels of humulene.

  • Jack Herer
  • Death Star
  • Original Glue
  • Headband
  • Candyland

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