Terpene Tuesday: Humelene
Similar to terpenes like pinene and myrcene, humulene is an element in cannabis that is fundamental to the overall aromatic profile of a strain. Found in a wide variety of plants used for holistic medicinal practices, humulene gives an earthy, woody and spicy note that gives things like hoppy beers their taste and aromas.
Humulene is a common terpene in cannabis and is present in modest quantities in a variety of strains, but usually appears in smaller quantities than its terpene counterparts. It’s been proven to be an effective appetite suppressant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
Studies show that it can terminate cancer cells when combined with other terpenes. This terpene also plays a role in how the body absorbs, metabolizes and excretes drugs, showing potential to be distributed rapidly throughout the body. This terpene also helps the cannabis plant during the vegetative and flowering state: it aids in cannabis’ defense capabilities by helping deter pests and prevent things such as fungal infections.
Aroma: Earthy, Woody, Spicy
Found in: Hops, Sage, Ginger, Ginseng
Strains: Death Star, Candyland, Thin Mint, Headband
Properties: Appetite Suppressant, Antibacterial, Anti-inflammatory