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Turpene Tuesday – Humulene

Turpene Tuesday – Humulene

For this week’s post we are going to look at one of my favorite turpenes, Humulene.

Humulene gets it’s name from Humulus lupulus – the common hops plant and belongs to a subclass of terpenes in the sesquiterpenes class. It’s what gives beer that distinctive smell.

…I really thought the alliteration of Turpene Tuesday was clever until I searched google.

Until I started researching terpenes I didn’t realize why so many strains were reminiscent of other memories until I made the connection that it was the specific terpenes, in the right combinations and strength that triggered the

Alien Rock Candy always left me with a slight taste and impression of hoppy beer and it turns out that ARC is a strain that is super high in Humulene.

Testing out in this sample at a staggering 1.6% it’s no wonder that it reminds of a nice IPA.

Humulene, as a medical therapy has been researched for many years as an anti-inflammatory. Both native american and China have been using humulene for centuries as an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.

Recent research even points to it being an anti-tumor agent.

Where the name comes from: The name comes from latin classification of the hops plant, humulus lupulus.

What does it smell like: Hoppy beer

Any medicinal benefits being studied: Anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial

Where else in nature it can be found: Hops, Coriander

Strains that are high in this terpene: Alien Rock Candy, Tahoe OG, Hindu Kush