Humulene is one of the most abundant terpenes in hemp and other herbs.
- Chemical Structure: The terpene humulene is most often used and studied in its alpha-humulene form. The chemical structure of this isomer is C15H24.
- Taste: Earthy, floral, and “hoppy.” Beer drinkers will instantly recognize the scent of humulene, which is a key component in hops. Besides every beer lover’s favorite plant, this terpene is present in pungent herbs & spices like cloves, coriander and basil. Terpene Isolate
Most cannabis strains with humulene also tend to have a bit of spice to them. These spicy notes, however, are usually due to the presence of another terpene called beta-caryophyllene. Commonly found in cannabis strains with high amounts of this compound, beta-caryophyllene is a naturally occurring terpene that’s very common in all varieties of peppers.
- Hemp Strains: Canna Tsu, ACDC, and Granddaddy Purple
- Other Strains: Original Glue, Thin Mint GSC, and Headband
Terpenes represent the aromatic building blocks of our natural world. They exist in virtually any plant that contains a fragrance, which also happens to include cannabis. It would seem natural that the pursuit of preserving the terpenes that exist within our favorite plant profiles would also translate into the cannabis extract industry.