Terpene Analysis

Terpene testing profiles the cannabis to identify strains. This type of testing also helps uncover the potential effects of a particular flower or product. We currently test for 21 terpenes.

What is a Terpene?

Cannabis derives its various scents, like citrus, pine, and berry, from terpenes. These aromatic compounds are critical in differentiating between strains of cannabis because they have a powerful influence over the consumer’s effect and experience.

Terpenes have shown great therapeutic promise. Research indicates that terpenes work within the endocannabinoid system in what’s known as the “entourage effect,” where certain terpene profiles cause varied or enhanced effects of cannabinoids like CBD and THC. If the terpene ratio is manipulated through breeding, one can modify or maximize the desired effects of a flower or product.

We Test for the Following Terpenes:

A common terpene in cannabis. Believed to have antioxidant, anti-anxiety and anti-inflammatory properties. Found in black pepper and basil.

Smoky, woody aroma. Believed to be antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-insomnia, among other therapeutic effects. Found in cardamom and marjoram.

Woody, floral aroma. Believed to fight infections and provide calming and anti-anxiety effects. Found in jasmine and lemongrass.

Sweet citrus scent. Believed to provide pain relief and have anti-inflammatory properties. Found in thyme and cumin.

Floral scent. Believed to provide calming effects. Found in lavender.

Pine-like aroma. Believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. Found in cypress pine.

Sweet, earthy aroma. Believed to have anti-inflammatory benefits. Found in cedar and rosemary.

Musky earth scent. Believed to be a potent antioxidant, pain reliever, and anti-inflammatory. Found in nutmeg and ginger.

Citrus aroma. Believed to provide anxiety and stress relief. Found in lemon and orange rind.

Earthy and spicy scent. May provide anti-inflammatory relief. Found in hops and wood.

Pine and fresh, minty aroma. Believed to aid in pain relief and inflammation. Found in rosemary and pine trees.

Floral scent. Believed to be an antioxidant and antibacterial. Found in chamomile.

Woody, spicy aroma. The only terpene known to activate the endocannabinoid system to provide anti-inflammatory effects. Found in cinnamon and black pepper.

Mint aroma. Believed to be anti-seizure and reduce inflammation. Found in mint and eucalyptus.

Fruity scent. Believed to produce calming effects. Found in mango and lemongrass.

Smoky, woody aroma. Believed to have a myriad of therapeutic benefits from anti-insomnia to antifungal.

Very sweet, herbal scent. Believed to be an antiviral, antiseptic, and a decongestant. Found in parsley and mint.


Since terpenes are volatile compounds, we analyze them under high heat using Headspace GC-FID (headspace gas chromatography with flame ionization detection).

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