Terpenes are a class of molecules found in cannabis that give cannabis its distinctive smell. Thousands of terpenes are found in the plant kingdom, and there are more than one hundred compounds found in cannabis alone.
As a cannabis plant grows and matures, the resins containing terpenes change in viscosity and in composition. Terpenes in cannabis are divided into two chemical classifications, monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, the former being more volatile.
Terpenes account for the numerous smells and flavors in cannabis flowers and extracts; they provide the notable aromas of cannabis varieties. Many of the medical and physiological benefits found in cannabis have been attributed to terpenes.
Genetic and environmental factors, as well as drying and curing processes, determine the types and levels of terpenes present in cannabis.
Terpene analysis is a scientifically valid method to assist with strain identification and understanding. A terpene panel can give a grower invaluable information about their cannabis for a modest price. Terpenes are the “fingerprints” of cannabis. Each plant strain has its own unique blend of terpene compounds. Our laboratory-provided terpene panel allows our growers to better understand and to classify a strain’s characteristic aromas, tastes, and physiological effects.
Terpene panels can be used by growers, dispensaries, and patients for a variety of reasons:
The list below shows the terpenes for which we offer testing.