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Also termed as α-humulene or α-caryophyllene

It is still not recommended as a dietary cannabinoid.

Humulene has potent anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, which help to form a natural defense system.

Humulene is an essential component found in the aromatic profile of cannabis.

Humulene got its name from Humulus Lupulus (common hops cultivated for beer-making) and is closely related to β-caryophyllene.

Humulene is well known compound in Chinese medicine for generations.

About Humulene

Humulene plays a vital role in the life cycle of a cannabis plant, and it aids in a plant’s defense capabilities and prevents pests & fungal infestations. As mentioned above, humulene resembles the aromas of freshly cut hops or beer. Some plants that contain Humulene are – Basil, Cloves, Black pepper, Ginseng, Ginger, and Vietnamese coriander. 
Cannabis containing high concentrations of humulene is also anorectic – it won’t produce such a pronounced appetite boost. 

What Makes Humulene Unique?
  • Humulene acts as an appetite suppressant, making it a highly promising compound for weight loss treatments. It can be used against inflammation. 

  • Compared to Myrcene, Humulene is much more subtle with cannabis. This terpene can work as synergy in cannabis treatment to boost the plant's medicinal strength.

  • In nature, humulene’s unique flavor and spicy essence provides natural protection to plants against pests. 

  • Humulene has a close resemblance to beta-caryophyllene and is less volatile and has the most stable terpenes.

  • It is one of the few terpenes that can interact with the Endocannabinoid System (ECS).

High Concentration Humulene Strains

Mint GSC

Original Glue

Pink Kush

Death Star


Bubba Kush

Sour Diesel


White Widow

Mint GSC


Original Glue

Super Lemon Haze

Skywalker OG

Potential Benefits of Humulene

A few scientific research on humulene has shown a promising outcome. Anecdotal report claims that Humulene greatly helps remain calm and decreases your appetite. However, solid evidence is still lacking. Some potential benefits of humulene terpene to the human body include: 

  • Antibacterial Properties – Humulene acts as an antibacterial agent against both Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus.

  • Anti-inflammatory Properties – Humulene, when disbursed in aerosol or orally ingestible form, has found effective against airway inflammation related to allergic reactions.

  • Anti Tumor properties – essential oil extracted from alpha humulene act as an anti-tumor agent and have proven highly useful against solid tumor cell lines. 

Does Beta Pinene Get You High?

No, both alpha pinene and beta pinene won’t get you high.

Beta pinene can deliver an energizing and uplifting cannabis effect. They don’t bind to cannabinoid receptors as THC does. However, you may feel a slightly enhanced mood. A person suffering from anxiety will experience a slight euphoria, but the overall effect is somehow manageable. 

Surprisingly, alpha pinene and beta pinene have shown an entourage effect in cannabis. There’s been evidence that alpha pinene and beta pinene can counteract the adverse reactions of others. Pinene obstructs the stimulation of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, which regulates different functions in the body.

Since pinene decelerates the breakdown of acetylcholine (the chief neurotransmitter of the parasympathetic nervous system), it can alleviate some side effects of THC, for example, short-term memory impairment.

Intaking Humulene via Smokeable Hemp Products

Smoking has always been the preferred way to maximize cannabis experience. You get a rapid rush of terpenes and cannabis, and they both work perfectly for a positive effect. However, it is still not a safer way to consume cannabis. Many experts recommend taking cannabis in the form of edibles such as pills, tablets and capsules.

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