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.
Caryophyllene, also known as beta-caryophyllene, is a primary terpene responsible for the spicy or peppery aroma found in several cannabis strains. Often referred to as a sesquiterpene, due to its larger molecular size, caryophyllene is also found in black pepper, oregano, cloves, basil and rosemary.