What are terpenes, and why are they important?
Terpenes are volatile organic compounds in plants that serve as defense mechanism against predators and attract pollinators; in cannabis, they’re what gives each strain its signature smell and flavor. Terpenes are thought to have a synergistic effect with cannabinoids, binding themselves to receptors in the brain to enhance medicinal and pharmacological effects. Individual strains contain different combinations of the over 140 individual terpenes identified in the cannabis plant. Specific combinations of terpenes yield different tastes and aromas, which may help consumers choose products suited to their needs and preferences.
There is a great opportunity for the continued research of the biological utility of terpenes, as they are relatively scientifically unstudied.
What affects terpene content in cannabis plants?
In the cannabis plant, many factors influence the development of terpenes: climate, environmental conditions, age and maturation, fertilizers, soil composition, and even time of harvest.
The Kanabolytix approach to terpene analysis and profiling.
Kanabolytix quantifies the terpenes of interest in your products using high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with mass selective detection (MSD), giving you a detailed profile of these potentially important chemical constituents.