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Humulene Terpene Profile

Common Cannabis Terpene

Humulene, along with Caryophyllene and Limonene, is one of the most common cannabis terpenes. Humulene shares another connection with caryophyllene: Both are present in the hops found in beer. 

Humulene Origin 

The therapeutic usage of the humulene terpene traces back to ancient Chinese apothecaries that employed high dosages of the terpene in their Remedies. Even today, Chinese ginseng, which contains humulene, is used for many purposes, notably as an energy booster and a natural antibiotic. 

Humulene source

Was first found in the Essential Oils of humulus lupulus (or common hops). Chances are you have had a sensory encounter with the humulene terpene. It is present in plants such as marsh elders, tobacco and cannabis. Many herbs and spices contain humulene, including sage, ginseng, and coriander.

Humulene Scent and Flavor 

Humulene scent is earthy, wood-like and pungent aroma.

It provides a flavorful bite that is popular in Asian cuisine. Similarly, humulene is credited for giving beer its bitter flavor, thanks to the terpene’s abundance in hops.

Therapeutic Effects of Humulene

Scientific studies have investigated whether humulene effects include anti-inflammatory, antitumor, and other medical benefits. Results have been encouraging, but further research is needed to establish a solid relationship between humulene and improved health outcomes.


Many terpenes present in cannabis, have shown promise in treating inflammatory conditions. Humulene is among the terpenes that may exhibit anti-inflammatory action.

This terpene might represent an important tool for the management and treatment of inflammatory diseases.

The effectiveness of oral humulene was further confirmed by a study which demonstrated that humulene is absorbed when it is Applied Topically

Humulene possesses both topical and systemic anti-inflammatory properties and is helpful in treating Arthritis, Bursitis, Fibromyalgia, and other conditions that benefit from reducing inflammation.

Humulene could be effective when administered orally or inhaled as an aerosol to combat allergies.


Humulene has been tested for its efficacy in fighting several types of cancerous cells. A Study found that the humulene in balsam fir oil effectively kills tumor cells by turning off their antioxidant processes.


As an appetite suppressant, humulene works alongside other Chemicals in Cannabis to promote weight loss.


Humulene is known for its notable anti-bacterial properties, such as those against the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus when used in appropriate quantities.

A prominent terpene in cannabis, humulene is distinctive for its association with the hops in beer and has shown potential in treating allergies, tumors, and particularly inflammation. This terpene is notably lacking in the CB2 Receptor, further research has to be conducted to better understand the mechanisms correlated to humulene’s effects.

Chemical Properties 

Formula: C15H24

Molar mass: 204.35 g/mol

Density: 886 kg/m³

Boiling point: 106 °C

Chemical Structure