Terpene Tuesday: Humulene!

Happy Terpene Tuesday!

Today’s Terpene is: Humulene

Pronunciation: hu·mu·lene.

What does it smell like?

Subtle earthy hints, woody, spicy, hoppy beer

What is it found in?

Hops and Wood

What strains are pre-dominantly Humulene heavy?

Sherbert, GSC (Girl Scout Cookies), Gelato, Death Star, Thin Mint GSC, Headband

What effects/benefits does Humulene offer?

Like Caryophyllene, Humulene is a unique terpene but not because it acts as a cannabinoid but because it aids the cannabis plants lifecycle prior to harvest! Beginning with the synthesis in the trichomes head, Humulene aids in the plants defense capabilities by helping deter pests and overall prevent fungal infestations. The compound does so specifically by inhibiting fruit fly mating! Humulene is also present in Balsam Fir Oil which is believed to be an active mechanism in fighting tumors; like Limonene mentioned earlier in the blog. Humulene has been researched for its effectiveness of terminating cancers cells when combined with phytocannabinoids and other terpenes. But, what are phytocannabinoids? These are cannabinoids that specifically and naturally occur in the cannabis plant. So overall it functions as a key player of course to the Entourage Effect.

Reminder - The Entourage Effect is when all of the compounds in the cannabis plant (other than THC), such as terpenes, cannabinoids, etc. all act synergistically together. Which results in a positive and overall harmonization of the psychoactive effects that the cannabis plant has to offer. 

Humulene has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and antifungal properties and can be extremely beneficial for anyone that suffers from arthritis, fibromyalgia, or any condition that ultimately benefits from reducing inflammation! So if you suffer from inflammation look for a strain that is high in Humulene. Humulene is also added to balms and salves to help relief pain and inflammation as well, and is also amplified when combined with its “cousin” Caryophyllene. This further confirms the beneficiality of Humulenes inflammation fighting abilities as well as it function as a potent pain reliever.

Humulene has also been researched for its ability to aid weight loss as it acts as an appetite suppressant. Surprising right? Not all strains of cannabis will cause you to have the munchies! 

Lastly, Humulene plays a role in pharmacokinetics- which is the study of how the body absorbs, distributes, metabolizes,, and excretes drugs. What does this mean? This means that Humulene shows thte potential to be distributed rapidly throughout the body via both oral and topical absorption! So a faster onset time whether your smoking or using a balm, you will find relief faster!

Resources:

https://www.siranaturals.org/blog/terpenes-humulene

https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/medicine-and-dentistry/humulene

https://www.leafly.com/news/science-tech/humulene-terpene

https://www.newsmedical.net/health/Phytocannabinoids.aspx#:~:text=Phytocannabinoids%20are%20cannabinoids%20that%20occur,heat%2C%20light%20or%20alkaline%20conditions.

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