It is crazy to think about how the cannabis sector has changed over the past few decades. Years ago, the only option would be to purchase cannabis via illegal means. This meant that it was incredibly expensive and it was also difficult, if not impossible, to know exactly what you are consuming. This has all changed since cannabis has become legalized and is entering many different markets around the world through legal means. 

Cannabis testing is required to ensure that the products being used are safe for consumption. It is also required to make sure that the products are labelled properly in terms of the compounds that are found within the strain of cannabis used, as well as the potency of them. After all, cannabis has a number of different compounds, and they all have a number of different properties. This is why it is pivotal to make sure that you invest in quality testing. After all, people consume cannabis for different purposes and so you need to make sure that you are purchasing something that is right for you. 

What are terpenes?

Terpenes are a diverse and large class of organic compounds, which are produced by a number of different plants. They are responsible for the enchanting aroma of herbs, flowers, and fruits. Terpenes are often likened to essential oils, as they can provide a number of different medical benefits while also enhancing the high experienced from cannabis. 

Terpenes and terpenoids are aromatic organic hydrocarbons, which can be located in a number of different plants. They can actually be found in insects too. There are naturally high levels of terpenes found within cannabis. 

You will find that terpenes are found in a number of different essential oils in high quantities, and so this could be something you are already familiar with. For example, in pine needle oil, you will find beta-pinene and alpha, which are terpenes. Moreover, in the essential oil from limes and lemons, you will find limonene. These terpenes add to the uplifting effect you experience if you walk through a pine forest or you smell a lemon rind. It is all about enhancing the overall effect and experience, and this is what you will get with cannabis products too. 

Why do cannabis terpenes matter?

There are a number of different reasons why cannabis terpenes matter. However, it largely comes down to three different things. These are as follows…

  1. The flavors and taste of terpenes – Terpenes can be considered a natural spice it. Plus, the smell of terpenes proves beneficial in terms of giving you the guidance toward the cannabis that your body wants. If a smell of cannabis appeals to you, your going to want that strain or product, right?
  2. Medical benefits – There is no denying that one of the most important reasons why terpene is critical in terms of cannabis consumption is because of the medical benefits. There has been research into the effects of terpenes. It has been concluded that terpenes can provide synergy with respect to the treatment of bacterial infections, gunal infections, cancer, epilepsy, addiction, anxiety, depression, inflammation, and pain. 
  3. Heightened effects from terpenes – As touched upon, another reason why terpenes are important when it comes to using cannabis products is because of their heightened effect. There was a paper that was produced by Ethan Russo, a researcher and neurologist, back in 2011. It described the manner in which terpenes and cannabinoids work together so that they can modulate and bost the impact of one and other in the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in the body. For a long time, THC was deemed the only chemical of psychoactive importance in cannabis. However, Russo and those working with him were able to show how terpenes and other cannabinoids, like CBD, are able to lower or heighten the impact of THC and other chemicals in the body that interact with ECS. For example, myrcene can increase the impact of THC, inducing sleepiness and providing effects with regards to anti-pain, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammatory. 

As you can see, terpenes play a very critical role when it comes to cannabis products, and this is why it is of huge importance that they are tested. 

Terpene Analysis from CannaSafe 

As the first accredited Cannabis lab in the world, you can be sure of quality and proven methods when you choose CannaSafe for terpene analysis. We have established ourselves as one of the most trusted brands in safe cannabis, and this is something that we are incredibly proud of. 

Plus, we do not only operate with care and caution when we are carrying out the testing, but at every part of the process. Your products will be stored and transported in the most efficient conditions possible, ensuring that they are tested in an accurate manner and without any contamination. We also ensure it is one of our priorities to provide testing in the most competitive turnaround times in the sector. 

Our Terpene Analysis supplies you with quantitative terpene values for your concentrates and flowers. Our method enables you to detect and quantify the following:

  • Caryophyllene Oxide
  • γ-Terpinene
  • cis-Nerolidol
  • trans-Nerolidol
  • p-Cymene
  • Linalool
  • Guaiol
  • δ-3-Carene
  • Camphene
  • δ-Limonene
  • α-Humulene
  • α-Pinene
  • α-Bisabolol
  • β-Caryophyllene
  • Isopulegol
  • β-Myrcene
  • α-Terpinene
  • Terpinolene
  • β-Pinene
  • Geraniol

If you would like more information about the cannabis testing that we provide, all you need to do is give us a call or send an email. You can reach us on +1 (818) 922-2416 or send an email to info@csalabs.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You will speak to a friendly and experienced member of our team who will be happy to assist you in any manner they can. We pride ourselves on offering testing that is integrity, quality, and value-based, ensuring consumers and businesses are able to benefit from safe and verifiable Cannabis consumption. 

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