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Terpenes

Terpenes are the components responsible for cannabis’s aromatic properties. Identifying the terpenes present in a sample adds to its unique identity and allows for individuals to select products of their liking, fitting their individual preferences.

Clinical Science Laboratory tests for 21 terpenes. These include: α-Bisabolol, Camphene, δ-3-Carene, β-Caryophyllene, P-Cymene,  Geraniol, Guaiol, α-Humulene, Isopulegol, Limonene, Linalool, β-Myrcene, cis-Nerolidol, trans-Nerolidol, α-Ocimene, β-Ocimene, α-Pinene, β-Pinene, α-Terpinene, γ-Terpinene, and Terpinolene. By utilizing HS-GC, we chromatographically isolate each compound to determine its presence and concentration.

Terpenes are aromatic compounds responsible for giving plants their distinctive scents. For example, the potent odors emitted by plants such as rosemary, thyme, and sage are a result of terpenes and pollen that interact with our olfactory receptors. Terpenes play an important role in the cultivation of cannabis, as it’s the combination of such compounds that give each strain its particular scent, and flavor.

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