Terpenes are the aromatic oils that give each cannabis strain its individual fragrance and taste. These molecular compounds have also been known to carry an array of medicinal benefits. When combined with other cannabinoids and terpenes, the synergistic healing nature of cannabis truly takes effect but each terpene has unique characteristics of their own.
Humulene is a common cannabis terpene boasting a subtle earthy or musky aroma with spicy undertones. Classified as a sesquiterpene, much like caryophyllene, humulene is abundant in hops, sage, ginger and ginseng. Humulene has also been used for centuries in Chinese medicine.
Humulene has a close biogenic relationship with caryophyllene, as they may amplify each other’s anti-inflammatory properties. This is likely due to humulene being an isomer of caryophyllene, which means they share similarity in their molecular formation but with a different chemical structure. As caryophyllene is often associated with gut health, humulene can act as an appetite suppressant when highly present in cannabis.
The potential of humulene to be an effective agent against cancerous tumor growth was researched in May 2003. Another study from December 2007 suggests anti-cancer potential may be increased by the presence of both humulene and caryophyllene. Humulene’s systemic anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive properties were examined in a November 2008 study, which also looked at topical applications.
Humulene’s unique ability to regulate appetite stimulation and potential medicinal benefits make it a terpene that plays an important role in cannabis strain selection, particularly if the desired effect is to induce or reduce appetite. Feel free to ask any of our knowledgeable patient consultants to assist with any questions you may have.
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