Humulene is the star of our Weight Loss formula. In addition to being an appetite suppressant, it also has potent anti-inflammatory properties. Humulene (also known as or α–caryophyllene) was first found in the essential oils of humulus lupulus (or common hops), a species of plant in the hemp family that gives beer its distinctive bitter “hoppy” taste. Elsewhere, its aroma is subtle: earthy and woody, with spicy, herbal notes. You’ll also find humulene in coriander, basil, clove, black pepper, sage, and the balsam fir tree.
Humulene does it all, but works best against bacteria, inflammation, and tumors. Unlike most Cannabis strains, humulene-rich cannabis is also anorectic, meaning it suppresses hunger.
Humulene has been widely studied for its numerous therapeutic benefits. It has been traditionally been used in folk medicines for its anti-bacterial properties, but it was only in 2006 that it was formally studied and found to fight Staphyloccocus aureus infections effectively.
As an additional benefit, there is also evidence that humulene has the rare ability to produce Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), which may cause apoptosis, or cancer cell death. Research has found that humulene is able to inhibit human tumor cell growth by 50-69% on its own, and is even more effective (75-90%) with the addition of beta-caryophyllene (an example of the synergy between terpenes, known as the Entourage Effect).