As research surrounding cannabis expands, people are becoming much more familiar with the cannabinoids that are responsible for therapeutic relief, but people are not as familiar with the other medicinal compounds of cannabis: terpenes. One such terpene is Humulene, one of the ore prominent terpenes of cannabis with a distinct hoppy aroma. Humulene has been used to suppress appetite, treat inflammation, manage pain, and fight bacterial infections. Another study from the University of Quebec in 2006 humulene was active against staphylococcus aureus bacteria strain. Another study from the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Brazil in 2007 found humulene effectively reduced inflammation. A 2008 study suggested humulene acted as an antinociceptive, so that it effectively blocked feelings of pain. Now, humulene is being analyzed for its potential in treating cancerous tumors. Recently in 2003, the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research found humulene was the only compound in balsam fir oil that was active against solid tumor cell lines, and determined the terpene aided in producing Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), which supports apoptosis in cancer.
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