What Are Terpenes?
Terpenes are aromatic molecules found in marijuana that gives it the 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 from fertility to senescence, the resins containing terpenes change in viscosity as well and its components. Terpenes in cannabis are divided into two chemical classifications, monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes, the former being more volatile.
Are They Important?
Terpenes account for the numerous smells and flavors in cannabis flowers and extracts, they provide the notable aromas of cannabis varieties. Much 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.
Reasons to Order a Terpene Profile
Terpene analysis is a scientifically valid method to assist with strain identification and understanding. It’s modest cost makes ordering a Terpenes profile economical. Terpenes are the “fingerprints” of cannabis. Each plant strain has its own unique blend of terpene compounds. Our laboratory-provided terpene profile allows one to better understand and classify a strain’s characteristic aromas, tastes, and physiological effects.
Terpene profiles can be used by growers, dispensaries, and patients for a variety of reasons:
Terpene profiling can be used to better understand the characteristic smells and flavors of cannabis.
Terpene makeup and proportion can be used to identify and classify different strains.
Terpene testing results can be used in conjunction with cannabinoid profiles for health benefit study and recommendation.
What is Known About Terpenes?
In various studies, the following benefits have been attributed to specific terpenes. Symptomatic relief may vary widely between individuals, and may also vary due to the physiological interplay of terpenes and cannabinoids.
What are the Effects of Terpenes?
Terpenes are natural compounds that appear to have health benefits, in addition to supplying the aroma, taste, intensity, and longevity of cannabis. Researchers have found that terpenes can lessen some negative effects from cannabinoids, such as anxiety. They can act synergistically to improve the positive effects of cannabinoids, such as reducing inflammation and pain, inhibiting depression, and retarding cancer tumor growth.
Testing Technologies tests for the following Terpenes:
- caryophyllene oxide