Humulene is the primary terpene found in hops. If you've ever smelled beer, you've probably smelled humulene. Though hops have been grown (legally) in America much longer than hemp, it isn't until recently that serious study has been done on the terpene profiles of hops. As hops and cannabis are closely related, it's no surprise that hops contain many of the same terpenes as cannabis grown for the production of cannabinoids like CBD. a-Humulene is one such terpene. The CO2 extracted, Full-Spectrum oil we use in our #5 CBD Tinctures and Balm contains 5,120 ug/g of humulene.

What does humulene do besides flavor beer?

What does humulene do besides flavor beer?

Humulene's anti-inflammatory properties are so potent that one study compared them to the potential of the steroid Dexamethasone. The study, "...evaluated the anti-inflammatory properties of two sesquiterpenes isolated from Cordia verbenacea's essential oil, alpha-humulene and (-)-trans-caryophyllene. Our results revealed that oral treatment with both compounds displayed marked inhibitory effects in different inflammatory experimental models..... these findings indicate that alpha-humulene and (-)-trans-caryophyllene, derived from the essential oil of C. verbenacea, might represent important tools for the management and/or treatment of inflammatory diseases."

This is a fantastic discovery! Humulene is a terpene that has anti-inflammatory properties as powerful as something man-made! Additionally, we don't need to get this terpene from Brazil, where Cordia verbenacea is grown, we can get it right here in the USA, year-after-year, organically and sustainably grown by American small farmers and the Grace of God.

Research published in 2009 by the British Journal of Pharmacology studying allergic reactions in airways concluded, "α-Humulene, given either orally or by aerosol, exhibited marked anti-inflammatory properties in a murine model of airways allergic inflammation, an effect that seemed to be mediated via reduction of inflammatory mediators, adhesion molecule expression and transcription factors activation." [emphasis added]

This must be a great terpene for inflammation. Two groups of scientists from two different countries (Brazil and Britain) both used the word "marked", and we all know scientists don't use that word lightly.

Another diabetes study? Wow! It says that "α-humulene works by lowering the levels of glucose in the blood or as a diabetes drug. α-humulene is a long-acting form of insulin that is slightly different from other forms of insulin that are not man-made."

Wait? What? God already made insulin that we can grow in our backyard?

We aren't allowed to say. However, we can report what science concludes, you can decide. In light of that,

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When you do additional research into the terpene, humulene, some of the topics of research you may find include:

  • possible asthma treatment/COPD
  • anti-bacterial
  • appetite suppressant
  • insect repellant
  • anti-microbial
  • analgesic
  • anti-oxidant
  • calmative