Terpene Analysis

Terpene testing profiles the cannabis to help identify strains, as well as to help uncover the potential effects of a particular flower or product. Currently we test for 21 terpenes.

What is a Terpene?

Terpenes are what give cannabis its unique and tantalizing scents like citrus, pine, and berry. These aromatic compounds are critical to differentiate between strains of cannabis because they have a powerful influence over the effect and experience of the cannabis being consumed. Terpenes have shown great promise in therapeutics, and research shows they seem to work together in synergy 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. This means that if the terpene ratio is manipulated thru 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. Also found in black pepper and basil.

A terpene with a smoky, woody aroma. Believed to be anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-insomnia, among other therapeutic effects. Also found in cardamom and marjoram.

A terpene with a woody, floral aroma. Believed to fight infections and provide calming and anti-anxiety effects. Also found in jasmine and lemongrass.

A terpene with a citrusy and sweet scent. Believed to provide pain relief and have anti-inflammatory properties. Also found in thyme and cumin.

A floral-scented terpene. Believed to provide calming effects. Also found in lavender.

A terpene with pine-like aromas. Believed to have anti-inflammatory properties. Also found in cypress pine.

A terpene with a sweet, earthy aroma. Believed to have anti-inflammatory benefits. Also found in cedar and rosemary.

A terpene with a musky earth scent. Believed to be a potent antioxidant, pain reliever, and anti-inflammatory. Also found in nutmeg and ginger.

A terpene with a citrusy aroma. Believed to provide anxiety and stress relief. Also found in lemon and orange rind.

A terpene with an earthy and spicy scent. May provide anti-inflammatory relief. Also found in hops and wood.

A terpene with a piney and fresh, minty aroma. Believed to aid in pain relief and inflammation. Also found in rosemary and pine trees.

A floral-scented terpene. Believed to be an antioxidant and anti-bacterial. Also found in chamomile.

A terpene with a woody, spicy aroma. The only terpene known to activate the endocannabinoid system to provide anti-inflammatory effects. Also found in cinnamon and black pepper.

A terpene with a minty aroma. Believed to be anti-seizure and reduce inflammation. Also found in mint and eucalyptus.

A terpene with a fruity scent. Believed to produce calming effects. Also found in mango and lemongrass.

A terpene with a smoky, woody aroma. Believed to have a myriad of therapeutic benefits from anti-insomnia to anti-fungal.

A smoky, woody scented terpene. Believed to provide anti-insomnia and antioxidant effects. Also found in cumin and nutmeg.

Most common terpene. Believed to be helpful for pain, inflammation, or anxiety. Also found in pine needles and rosemary.

A sweet-smelling terpene. Believed to be a neuroprotectant. Also found in tobacco and lemons.

A terpene with a minty aroma. Believed to be useful for many things from pain relief to anti-cancer. Also found in tea tree and sweet basil.

A very sweet, herbal scented terpene. Believed to be an anti-viral, antiseptic, and a decongestant. Also found in parsley and mint.

HOW DO WE TEST?

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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