Terpene Testing Services
Here at Caligreen Laboratory Terpene Testing is one of our specialties. We use advanced testing techniques to identify the terpenes in a cannabis sample and provide detailed reports on the chemical profile. Our team is dedicated to helping you make informed decisions about your cannabis products based on accurate analysis results. With years of experience and cutting-edge technology, we can guarantee that you will get the best possible results.
Our Terpene testing services include:
- Gas Chromatography (GC) Testing: Our GC testing measures the gas-phase composition of a sample by separating its components and quantifying each one, allowing us to identify individual terpenes present in the sample.
- High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC): HPLC is a type of liquid chromatography used to separate compounds based on their polarity. This allows us to accurately measure and quantify terpenes in samples, as well as other compounds such as cannabinoids and flavonoids.
What Are Terpenes
Terpenes are organic plant compounds found in many plants and herbs. They are responsible for the unique smells and flavors that give each plant its individual identity.
Plants create terpenes by combining various aromatic compounds, which act as essential oils to deter predators and attract pollinators. By looking at the terpene profile of a cannabis plant, you can get an idea of what type of effects it may have on your body. Common terpenes found in cannabis are myrcene, limonene, linalool, and pinene.
When it comes to cannabis, terpenes not only provide distinct aromas (for recreational cannabis extract such as vape cartriges) for but they also play a role in how different strains of marijuana interact with our bodies. That is why a terpene analysis can be an invaluable tool for determining the best cannabis strain for your needs.
What Are Terpene Profiles?
Terpene profiles are the unique aroma and flavor combinations of different cannabis strains. Each strain has its own set of terpenes, which determine its smell, taste, and potential health benefits. By looking at the terpene profile of a cannabis plant, you can get an idea of what type of effects it may have on your body. Common terpenes found in cannabis are myrcene, limonene, linalool, pinene, and more.
Other cannabis compounds include:
Cannabinoids: These are chemical compounds found in cannabis plants such as THC and CBD. They interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system to produce a variety of effects.
Flavonoids: These are plant compounds that give cannabis its flavor profile. They can also have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and neuroprotective properties.
Types of Cannabis Strains
Cannabis plants are complex and has while it has many chemical compounds, there are three types of strains: indica, sativa, and hybrid.
Sativa is known for its energizing effects, making it ideal for daytime use. It is usually associated with a creative, uplifting mood and can be helpful in treating depression and fatigue. Sativa is also good for stimulating appetite.
Indica plants are known to have sedating effects that can be helpful for managing pain or insomnia. Many people choose indica strains for their relaxing effects that can help reduce anxiety and stress. In addition, indica strains tend to have higher levels of CBD than sativa strains.
Hybrid cannabis plants are a combination of both sativa and indica characteristics, creating a unique balance of effects. This makes them great for people looking for the benefits of both types in one strain.
Do Other Plants Contain Terpenes?
Yes, other plants also contain terpenes! Terpenes are actually a large class of organic compounds found in many different herbs and plants. Even on a molecular level terpenes play an important role in giving cannabis its flavor and aroma can also be found in many food sources such as oranges, lemons, basil, and more. Other plants may even have higher concentrations because of their medicinal and therapeutic properties.
For example, lavender is known for its calming effects and rosemary has been used to improve cognitive function. The presence of terpenes in these plants is what give them their distinct aroma and flavor characteristics.