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Humulene Terpene: What is Humulene?

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If you’re new to cannabis, you’ve probably heard or read about terpenes. But did you know there are all different types of terpenes? One of those terpenes is called humulene, and in this guide, we’ll explain:

  • What is Humulene?
  • What are the Effects of Humulene?
  • What Does Humulene Smell and Taste Like?
  • Where Can You Find Humulene?
  • What Strains are Heavy in Humulene?

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What is Humulene?

Humulene, sometimes referred to as alpha-caryophyllene or α-carophyllene, alpha humulene or α-humulene, is a specific type of terpene found on the flower bud, in the trichomes, and on the leaves of certain varieties of cannabis (and other) plants. While we know that terpenes like humulene can give the marijuana a distinct aroma—in this case, woodsy, herbaceous and spicy—we also now know that terpenes can also contribute to the entourage effect. This effect is based on the idea that more than just THC produces effects of cannabis. Rather, it’s all the cannabinoids working more effectively together that create the effect marijuana has on the body.

What are the Effects of Humulene?

Holistic Eastern medicine practices have included the humulene terpene for centuries, but we’ve only just recently started studying this terpene and its effects. Early research seems to suggest that it may have anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, and antibacterial properties, and it may also aid in appetite suppression. However, more studies are needed to understand humulene effects in the human body.

What Does Humulene Smell and Taste Like?

When you first smell humulene, you might notice the scent is familiar, especially if you’ve ever been around beer. This is because humulene was first discovered in the essential oils of the hops plant, which gives beer its hoppy flavor. In cannabis, you may notice this aroma is strong or not notice it at all because humulene exists with other terpenes that can change or enhance the scent profile. In general, humulene has an earthy aroma with a slightly spicy flavor.

Where Can You Find Humulene?

In marijuana plants, you can most often find humulene in sativa strains. But humulene exists in non-cannabis plants as well. Humulene can be found in the basil on your kitchen window sill, in the black pepper in your shaker, and in a variety of other herbs including coriander, clove, and sage. It’s also found in the balsam fir tree. And of course, don’t forget where we first found it: the hops plant.

What Strains are Heavy in Humulene?

If you’re curious about humulene and want to try a cannabis product with humulene, you’re going to want to look for certain strains. These strains include:

  • Girl Scout Cookies or GSC: This strain was created in 2012 and combines OG Kush with the breeder’s F1 Durban Poison strain. GSC is an indica-dominant hybrid, but it has a strong sativa component. It contains about 2.45% humulene.
  • White Widow: Created in the 1990s in the Netherlands, this balanced hybrid gets its name because it’s covered in white crystals when it blooms.
  • Headband or HB: Combine OG Kush and Sour Diesel, and you get this potent, hybrid marijuana strain with an earthy flavor and aroma.
  • Sour Diesel or Sour D or Sour Deez: Sour Diesel is a sativa strain created by crossing the strains Chemdawg and Super Skunk. This strain gets its name because it smells like diesel fuel. It contains about 1% humulene.
  • Pink Kush: Pink Kush, a relative of OG Kush, is another indica-dominant hybrid. Pink Kush is known to have pink hairs nestled under a bed of glossy trichomes.
  • Skywalker OG: Made through a cross between the Skywalker strain and OG Kush strain, Skywalker OG is an indica-dominant hybrid known for its earthy aroma and citrusy flavor.

It’s important to note that each of these humulene-rich strains are known to have potent effects, so if you’re new to cannabis, always start low and go slow to ensure you do not overindulge.

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Should You Consider Humulene When Shopping for Cannabis Products?

Cannabis connoisseurs would answer this question with a resounding “yes!”, but the truth is, it all depends on you. Is humulene a terpene you’re interested in? Are you willing to find strains or other products that contain humulene? If so, there’s your answer—give it a try. If you’re still unsure, visit one of our Verilife dispensary locations in your state and talk to our cannabis experts. They can help you decide if a strain that contains humulene is right for you.

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