You may be surprised to learn that cannabis and hops share a common terpene: humulene. The subtle woody, earthy and notes of spice that gives hoppy beers their distinct flavour and fragrance are also partly the cause for providing cannabis its unique scent.
Used for centuries in holistic Eastern medicine, this humulene terpene is found in a wide variety of plants. Humulene has been studied extensively in contemporary biomedical research. Humulene has proven it to be an effective anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and appetite suppressant. Additional studies have also included black pepper, hops, and ginseng.
Humulene is a fairly common terpene found in cannabis. And there are also moderate amounts present in a variety of cannabis strains. It is in part responsible for providing the cannabis plant its unique spicy, herbaceous, and gentle floral bouquet of fragrances. Basically, humulene is a foundation element in the overall aromatic character of cannabis. Now with all that being said, humulene typically appears in slightly miniscule quantities than its terpene equal. Humulene’s prominence is diminished when compared to a cultivar’s flavor profile with its understated, faint, earthy notes and floral qualities.
Humulene has many therapeutic and medical benefits to offer patients. In a recent well-researched study, it was found that humulene could potentially help terminate cancer cells when combined with phytocannabinoids and other such terpenes. Healing oils dates back centuries and humulene is present in many of today’s therapeutic-grade essential oils. The humulene terpene is present in Balsam fir essential oil, and it is regarded as being an active mechanism in combating tumours. This is evidenced by its capacity to produce Reactive Oxygen Species.
And in another study conducted, the oil was also shown to display antibacterial properties. And when administered in small quantities, it was documented to be active against the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus (a.k.a. golden staph). The study of how the body consumes, distributes, metabolizes, and excretes drugs is known as pharmacokinetics. Humulene plays a significant role in this.
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I think the humulene in this cannabis has helped relieve the inflammation in my joints a bit.