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Terpene Profile: Humulene

Terpenes are the unsung heroes of the cannabis world. Though they have been getting a lot more attention lately, their importance can’t be overstated. High humulene strains stand out for their unique aromatic and flavor characteristics and for the terpene’s unique contribution to the overall experience.

Understanding the role that terpenes like Humulene play in cannabis is a great way to enhance your enjoyment of cannabis – for both connoisseurs and casual users alike. It’s simple: if you know which terpenes help create the flavors and effects you love, you can make better choices at the dispensary.


A small pile of popcorn-sized cannabis nugs.
Humulene is one of the most abundant terpenes in cannabis.

What is a Terpene?

Let’s start at the beginning. Terpenes are naturally occurring chemical compounds produced by plants and some animals that produce distinct flavors and especially aromas. They often play a role in plant and animal defense.

There is a huge variety of major and minor terpenes in the natural world; some sources report as many as twenty thousand. Cannabis alone is known to produce hundreds, but of those, only about a half dozen are produced in large enough quantities to affect experience.

Read more about cannabis terpenes.


A hops plant growing with the german alps in the background.
Humulene takes its name from the Hops plant.

What is Humulene?

Humulene is a sesquiterpene known for its earthy, woody aroma. Named after the Hops plant, Humulus Lupulus, it is also commonly found in Sage, Coriander, and Ginseng. Additionally, this terpene has been a significant component in the botanical and herbal industry for centuries.


A live cannabis plant showing shades of green and purple coloration.
One of the more dominant terpenes found in cannabis.

Humulene in Cannabis

In the world of cannabis, Humulene plays an important role. It contributes to the plant’s scent and flavor profile as well as its therapeutic potential. Classic strains like White Widow, Headband, and Girl Scout Cookies are known for their high Humulene content, contributing to their distinct earthy, woody, and spicy aromas. This terpene adds depth to the flavor profile, enhancing the overall smoking experience.

Effects and Benefits of Humulene Terpene

Humulene is not a psychoactive compound like THC, but it’s believed to offer its own set of benefits. Researchers suggest that Humulene may possess anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

Humulene has even been shown to have promise in fighting a type of cancer called hepatocellular carcinoma. Additionally, it may act as an appetite suppressant, helping to fight off the well-known ‘munchies’ effect associated with cannabis.

The Entourage Effect and Humulene

The concept of the entourage effect in cannabis suggests that terpenes like Humulene work synergistically with cannabinoids (like THC and CBD) to enhance therapeutic effects. Humulene’s interaction with other compounds in cannabis could potentially lead to a more interesting and nuanced experience for the user.

Unfortunately, not a lot is known about the entourage effect. The way cannabinoids interact with one another, with other terpenes and even lesser-known compounds, like flavonoids, is still a mystery.

Humulene for Connoisseurs and Casual Users

Whether you’re a seasoned cannabis enthusiast or a casual user, exploring Humulene-rich strains can be fun. Connoisseurs might appreciate the subtleties of the entourage effect and how Humulene’s interactions with other cannabinoids can lead to new experiences. While casual users can enjoy the distinctive flavors.

How to Identify Humulene in Cannabis Products

Identifying Humulene-rich cannabis products involves a keen sense of smell and taste. Look for strains with a spicy, earthy, and woody aroma, indicative of a high Humulene content. It’s important to note that there also appears to be some link between the terpene Beta-Caryophyllene and Humulene. When Beta-Caryophyllene is present, Humulene is often found at higher levels as well.

Lab-tested products often include a terpene profile, allowing consumers to make informed decisions based on the concentration of Humulene. Revolution Cannabis products almost always include dominant terpenes in order of concentration, so if you’re on the hunt for Humulene, check the labels and strain information available.

High Humulene Strains

Though Humulene is a common terpene, it’s typically found in smaller quantities than other common terpenes, often as the 3rd or 4th most dominant. Some strains in our catalog with higher levels include:

A single nug of the high humulene strain, Georgia Pie on a white background.
Humulene lends this strain its distinct flavor.

Georgia Pie

Georgia Pie features a unique blend of aromatics like sweet peaches, pie crust, candy, earth, and classic OG Kush. She’s a balanced hybrid that provides an energetic, euphoric high while also offering stress relief and pain-relieving properties.

Reported Effects

Euphoric, stress relief, energetic, body buzz, pain relief

Strain Tendency

50 Indica / 50 Sativa


Creamy, earthy, pie crust

Top Terpenes

Beta-Caryophyllene, Limonene, Alpha-Humulene, Linalool, Alpha-Pinene


Gelatti x Kush Mints

Bred by

Seed Junky Genetics

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A single nug of the high humulene strain, Raspberry Shortcake on a white background.
The tang present in this strain may be the result of Humulene.

Raspberry Shortcake

Raspberry Shortcake is unlike any other — she expresses herself through a profile of sweet Raspberry tang with hints of Runtz, cream, and candy. She’s irresistible to touch as her deep purple hues shine through her resin-heavy, velvety texture. Don’t let her cannabinoid content fool you, Raspberry Shortcake provides creative, functional, euphoric relief that will leave you reaching for more.

Reported Effects

Pain relief, stress relief, euphoric, uplifted, creative

Strain Tendency

40 Indica / 60 Sativa


Raspberry, fruity, sweet, creamy, cakey, candy, tangy – hints of purple candy

Top Terpenes

Beta-Caryophyllene, Limonene, Linalool, Alpha-Humulene, Beta-Myrcene


Raspberry Bellini x Slapz

Bred by

Seed Junky Genetics

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A single nug of the high humulene strain, Project 4510 on a white background.
The distinct notes of earth are all thanks to Humulene.

Project 4510

A Sativa-dominant hybrid strain with an unknown lineage and a distinctive aroma, Project 4510 combines sweet pine and earthy notes with a hint of spice and citrus fruit. She offers an energized and clear-headed experience combined with relaxation and pain relief, making it a great choice for a productive afternoon.

Reported Effects

Uplifting, Euphoria, Creativity, Relaxed, Pain Relief

Strain Tendency

40 Indica / 60 Sativa


Earthy, citrus, floral, pepper

Top Terpenes

Beta-Caryophyllene, Limonene, Alpha-Humulene, Beta-Myrcene, Linalool



Bred by

Grandiflora Genetics

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Final Thoughts

Humulene is an important component that contributes to the scent and taste of cannabis and is a key player in the plant’s therapeutic profile. Its availability in various strains offers a unique experience, emphasizing the importance of terpenes in the overall cannabis experience. As the research into the roll of terpenes continues to evolve, the appreciation for terpenes is likely to grow. It’s a whole new dimension in the way we enjoy and benefit from this versatile plant.


The Cannabis Terpenes

α-Humulene inhibits hepatocellular carcinoma cell proliferation

General Cannabis FAQ

Cannabis, often referred to as marijuana, is a plant that has been used for thousands of years for various purposes, including medicine, textiles, and recreation. The plant contains compounds known as cannabinoids, with delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) being the most well-known. THC is primarily responsible for the plant’s psychoactive effects, while CBD is recognized for its potential therapeutic benefits without causing a “high.”

Many countries and U.S. states have decriminalized or legalized the use of marijuana for medical use, recreational, or both. The legal status changes frequently as legislation evolves.

In the U.S., states vote to regulate marijuana use on an individual basis. While it remains illegal at the federal level, numerous states have legalized it for medicinal and/or recreational use.

The following states have legalized medical, recreational, or both:

  • Alaska – Medical
  • Arizona – Legal
  • Arkansas – Medical
  • California – Legal
  • Colorado – Legal
  • Connecticut – Legal
  • Delaware – Legal
  • District of Columbia – Legal
  • Florida – Medical
  • Hawaii – Medical (Possession decriminalized for small amounts)
  • Illinois – Legal
  • Louisiana – Medical (Possession decriminalized for small amounts)
  • Maine – Legal
  • Maryland – Legal
  • Massachusetts – Legal
  • Michigan – Legal
  • Minnesota – Legal
  • Mississippi – Medical (Possession decriminalized for small amounts)
  • Missouri – Legal
  • Montana – Legal
  • Nevada – Legal
  • New Hampshire – Medical (Possession decriminalized for small amounts)
  • New Jersey – Legal
  • New Mexico – Legal
  • New York – Legal
  • North Dakota – Medical (Possession decriminalized for small amounts)
  • Ohio – Medical (Possession decriminalized)
  • Oklahoma – Medical
  • Oregon – Legal
  • Pennsylvania – Medical
  • Rhode Island – Legal
  • South Dakota – Medical
  • Utah – Medical
  • Vermont – Legal
  • Virginia – Legal
  • Washington – Legal
  • West Virginia – Medical


Outside of the U.S., countries like The Netherlands, Canada, and, more recently, Thailand have legalized cannabis on a national level.

Always check local laws and regulations in your specific location.

In states where marijuana has been legalized, you can purchase products at licensed dispensaries. Revolution products are available at Enlightened, Revolution, and partner dispensaries in Illinois, Arkansas, Missouri, and Maryland. Find a dispensary near you.

Keep in mind that dispensaries may cater to medical patients, recreational consumers, or both, depending on local laws.

Always ensure that you are buying from a reputable and licensed establishment to guarantee product quality and safety.

The effects of cannabis vary widely depending on the strain, dosage, method of consumption, an individual’s endocannabinoid system, and more.

Some commonly reported effects include:

Psychoactive Effects: Euphoria, mood elevation, cerebral stimulation, stress relief, calming effects, and relaxation.

Physical Effects: Pain relief, body buzz, anti-inflammation, anti-nausea, energy boost or sedation, and appetite stimulation

*Medical Benefits: Cannabis is believed to have a range of therapeutic effects and alleviation of symptoms related to conditions like epilepsy, PTSD, and more.

*Marijuana is not approved by the FDA to treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

The primary difference lies in their intended use:

Medical Cannabis: Used as a treatment and alleviation of symptoms for specific health conditions. Medical strains might be cultivated and processed to have higher CBD content or other therapeutic compounds. Medical cannabis requires a physician who usually prescribes or recommends it as a treatment option.

Recreational Cannabis: Used without a medical justification but for personal enjoyment and fulfillment.

The process varies from state to state but typically involves the following steps:

Doctor’s Recommendation: Schedule an appointment with a physician who is authorized to recommend medical marijuana. Discuss your health conditions and reasons for seeking cannabis as a treatment.

Application: Once you have a doctor’s recommendation, you’ll usually need to apply for a medical marijuana card through a designated state or country agency.

Proof & Identification: Provide necessary identification and proof of residency as required by your jurisdiction.

Fee Payment: Most jurisdictions require a fee for the application and issuance of a medical marijuana card.

Card Issuance: Once approved, you will receive your medical marijuana card, allowing you to purchase cannabis at designated medical dispensaries.

If you’d like more detailed information, please read our state-specific medical card guide here.