Terpenes are a class of organic molecules produced not only by cannabis and marijuana, but by numerous plants, flowers, and fruits. The terpene profile of a cannabis product strongly influences its odor and flavor.

While cannabinoids like THC and CBD create much of the buzz surrounding medical cannabis, marijuana, and hemp, terpenes are of increasing interest due to their reported medicinal effects. Furthermore, some findings suggest that certain terpenes, when combined with cannabinoids, can have synergistic effects.

Currently, over 20,000 terpenes have been identified and over 100 are produced by the cannabis plant. Many of the terpenes produced by the cannabis plant are also produced by common plants, flowers, and fruits. For instance, beta-myrcene is found in mangoes and limonene is found in many citrus fruits. Research continues to explore the potential pharmacologic effects of terpenes in cannabis and marijuana.

US Cannalytics utilizes gas chromatography (GC) coupled with mass spectrometry (MS) to quantify the concentrations of 24 active terpenes in a wide array of product types.

We analyze all medical cannabis, marijuana, hemp, and CBD samples utilizing ISO-accredited methods for the following terpenes:

α-Pinene Terpinolene
Camphene Linalool
β-Myrcene Isopulegol
β-Pinene Menthol
δ-3-Carene Geraniol
α-Terpinene β-Caryophyllene
cis-Ocimene α-Humulene
S(-)Limonene cis-Nerolidol
p-Cymene trans-Nerolidol
trans-Ocimene Guaiol
Eucalyptol Caryophyllene Oxide
γ-Terpinene α-Bisabolol
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