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Core Cannabis Course: Humulene

Updated: Mar 24, 2023

Welcome to homework assignment CCC 1.29 of the Core Cannabis Course from Higher Learning LV. In this assignment, students learn about humulene, a terpene produced by cannabis, hemp, and a number of other plant species, including the hops used to brew beer (which are a botanical cousin to cannabis). Humulene is one of the eight super class terpenes identified in the October 2022 peer-reviewed research study as being the most common in North American cannabis cultivars.

In the assignments that follow, students are exposed to an in-depth analysis of humulene, including its aroma profile and the potential medicinal benefits delivered by this terpene.


What is Humulene?

Humulene, also known as alpha-humulene (α-humulene) and alpha-caryophyllene (α-caryophyllene), is one of the most common terpenes in cannabis/hemp/marijuana. This popular phytomolecule delivers an aroma and flavor that is earthy, woody, and spicy.

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