Humulene, also found in hops, is a woody, spicy, and earthy smelling terpene. It can also be found in ginseng and black pepper, two ingredients which are often found in Eastern medicine practices, and for good reason.
In a study from 2007 looking at the effect of a humulene derivative mixed with a caryophyllene derivative, researchers found a positive effect in decreasing inflammatory response. And another study from the same year discovered that these same terpenes inhibited cancer cell growth in vitro.
What does this mean for us?
The potential health benefits of humulene, especially when paired with caryophyllene, is promising for those suffering from inflammation.
Check out these Humulene rich strains at a dispensary near you:
Spark by Trailblazer
Smelling of sweet floral earth, Spark is a great addition to any daytime activity. Rich with caryophyllene, myrcene, humulene terpenes, this blend lives up to its name, and is said to deliver a burst of mental and physical energy that stimulates focus, creativity, and endurance. Sounds fun! And as a bonus for all: Spark is a mild, approachable option with a THC range of 10-15%.
Afghani Cookies by Dubon Select
Take your shoes off, throw on some comfy clothes, set up your nest and hunker in for the night. Afghani Cookies, with it’s fruity, earthy, and woody notes, wants to be the perfect ending to your busy day.
Exclusively available in Quebec, the strain “may produce relaxing sensations and give the impression of a sense of calmness,” according to the provincial cannabis retailer. Dominant terpenes include myrcene, humulene, caryophyllene, while moderately potentcy ranges form 12-17% THC.
La Strada by Edison
Looking for a great tasting strain with tame effects? A medley of terpenes including caryophyllene, myrcene, and humulene emit fruity, sweet, and earthy aromas while La Strada’s mid-level THC content ranges from 14-20%.
According to product descriptions, this strain “may give the impression of feeling stimulated, alter concentration along with creativity levels, and give the impression of thinking clearly.”
Atlantis by Hexo
Atlantis, a variant of AK-47, smells sour with earthy undertones that carry notes of sweet wood upon exhale. In addition to prominent terpenes caryophyllene and myrcene, this bud also boasts humulene, pinene, and guaiol in the mix.
New users should proceed with caution with this delicious strain. Although the THC ranges from 10-20%, Atlantis hits averages on the higher end of that scale. So start low and go slow with this end-of-day strain.
Daytime CBD by Namaste
Featuring a nearly 2:1 ratio of CBD to THC and complete with terpenes caryophyllene, humulene, and myrcene, this sweet and fruity scented strain is billed as “an ideal option for consumers who are less experienced, providing a calming yet uplifting effect.”
As on Leafly reviewer writes, “Daytime CBD is light, uplifting and delightful. The name says it all.”