Terpenes

What are Terpenes?

Terpenes are the chemicals that determine the aroma of a substance. Like other strong-smelling plants and flowers, cannabis gets its unique scent from its terpene composition. Relaxation, stress-relief, increased focus, and acuity are all potential therapeutic benefits derived from the terpene profile of different strains of cannabis.

Terpenes We Analyze

Identification and analysis of the following 19 terpenes:

  • a- Pinene
  • Caryophylene Oxide
  • Guaiol
  • Trans-Nerolidol
  • Cis-Nerolidol
  • Trans-b-Caryophylene
  • Geraniol
  • Isopulegol
  • Linalool
  • Terpinolene
  • y-Terpinene
  • Eucalyptol
  • Cis-b-Ocimene
  • Limonene
  • a-Limonene
  • a-Terpinene
  • 3-Carene
  • b-Pinene
  • b-Myrcene
  • Camphene
  • a-humulene

The “Entourage Effect”

On their own, terpenes produce an odor and possess mild medicinal properties. However, the medicative and aromatic effects of terpenes are enhanced in the presence of cannabinoids like Δ9-THC and CBD. The synergistic relationship between cannabinoids and terpenes is called the “entourage effect”. This means the medicinal value of a strain of cannabis is jointly determined by its terpene and cannabinoid content.

Reporting

In compliance with MRA Rule 47(18), the terpene profile of a tested substance must match the terpene profile on its label. Results are reported in units of mg/serving or mg/container if more than one serving is submitted for testing.

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