Terpenes are the aromatic compounds that give cannabis its distinct scent and flavor. They have come into the spotlight due to recent studies suggesting their interactions with cannabinoids. Terpenes are not only responsible for the characteristic aromas of cannabis strains, but they also are suspected to contribute to the therapeutic properties of cannabis. By themselves reportedly, terpenes contain anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
Because terpenes may contribute to the therapeutic effects of cannabis, there is a growing demand for analytical methods that profile terpenes in marijuana samples. In addition to analyzing terpenes for therapeutic purposes, they can also be used as differentiators among cannabis strains and terpene profiles can be used for strain identification.
CB Labs uses headspace gas chromatography coupled with a flame ionization detection (GC-FID) to test for the 25 most commonly found terpenes in cannabis. Results are then reported in mg/g
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