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What is humulene?

Humulene is also called α-humulene or α-caryophyllene called. That is an important part of the phytocomplex of the cannabis plant. This humulene also gives off the smell of the cannabis buds. An early stage of the research revealed that this terpene may be contributes to the therapeutic potential of this plant.

Also, humulene is one of hundreds of chemical compounds in cannabis resin.

Humulene has a powerful its own scent, namely an earthy, woody spicy scent. As a result, the molecule forms the aroma of many cannabis strains and culinary herbs.

Where can you find all this?

If you've ever smelled a really strong odor in your drink, chances are it's because of humulene.

Humulene is also in essential olie of hops, in large quantities even. The taste of the beer comes from this plant. Coincidentally, weed and hops both belong to the cannabaceae family. Humulus lupulus is the flower on which hops grow and it consists of 40% humulene.

Research has shown that the air around certain crops contains a lot of humulene. You can think of pine trees or sunflowers. It is also a key ingredient in sage, ginger, and Vietnamese coriander oils.

Possible Effects

In the studies that have now been done, the following effects have been found

  • Anti Inflammatory Effects
  • Anti tumor effects
  • Anti bacterial effects

A study by the European Journal of Pharmacology investigated the possible anti-inflammatory properties of humulene. Here they caused the legs of mice and rats to become swollen and then administered the terpene orally.

In 2003, planta medica published a study investigating the anti-tumor potential of humulene. And according to scientists, humulene caused a decrease in cellular gluthion levels and an increase in reactive oxygen components.

It appears that humulene has antibacterial properties. At least in phytotherapy research a research article has been published about this. It is said that humulene can fight staphylococcus. This strain of bacteria causes skin infections, bone infections and pneumonia.

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