Terpenoid Profile & Potency

PureLabs performs quantitative terpenoid profiling using Gas Chromatography (GC).

Terpenes are the aromatic compounds that endow cannabis with its unique scent. Terpene analysis is crucial for differentiating between strains of cannabis, as terpenes have a major influence on the medical and psychological effects of a plant.

Terpenes provide the flavor, scent, and aroma of plants and work synergistically with the cannabinoids.

PureLabs is currently providing testing for the following 22 terpenes:

  • α-Bisabolol 
    has a citric and floral aroma and is used in various fragrances.
  • Camphene
    is found in essential oils extracted from certain trees.
  • Δ-3-Carene
    is sweet, pine, cedar, woodsy, and pungent.
  • β-Caryophyllene
    provides a woody, black-peppery taste.
  • Caryophyllene oxide
    smells like lemon balm.
  • ρ-Cymene
    has musty orange aroma found in cumin and thyme.
  • Eucalyptol
    smells like minty and camphor and is used in mouthwash, cough suppressants, and body powder.
  • Geraniol
    has a floral, fruity aroma.
  • Guaiol
    smells of both wood and smoke.
  • α-Humulene
    is common in hops.
  • Isopulegol,
    with its mint flavor, is often used for a cooling effect, similar to menthol.
  • Limonene
    has an orange, citrus smell.
  • Linalool
    smells of flowers.
  • β-Myrcene
    provides the clove-like, earthy scent in bay leaves and mangoes and is typically found in strains from tropical climates.
  • Nerolidol 1 & 2
    have floral, citrus scents and are found in neroli, ginger, jasmine, lavender, tea tree, and lemon grass.
  • α- & β-Pinene
    both provide a pine odor.
  • Ocimene
    smells like a floral plant.
  • α- & γ-Terpinene
    have sour citrus and sweet citrus aromas, respectively.
  • Terpinolene
    has a smokey or woody odor.

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