These natural aromatic compounds generally have strong and pleasant odors associated with them. Terpenes and terpenoids are also known for their uses in traditional medicine, aromatherapy, organic pesticides, and even the organic solvent, turpentine.

There are tens of thousands of known terpenes and terpenoids and hundreds of these have been found in Cannabis and hemp. With this abundant variety of terpene compounds and concentrations it is important for consumers to be aware of the specific terpene profile(s) they prefer. Terpene profiling is used to help inform consumers about the unique characteristics, like taste and smell.

At present, the Arizona Department of Health Services does not require terpene profiling, but our Arizona Cannabis testing laboratory offers this service as an informational test for our clients.

We test for 37 terpene/terpenoid compounds using a liquid injection gas chromatograph with a flame ionization detector (GC-FID).
List of terpenes/terpenoids measured:

  • α-Pinene, Camphene, β-Myrcene, β-Pinene, α-Phellandrene, 3-Carene, α-Terpinene, Cis-Ocimene, Limonene, Trans-Ocimene, Eucalyptol, Gamma-Terpinene, Terpinolene, Sabinene Hydrate, Linalool, Fenchone (mix of Isomers), Endo-fenchyl Alcohol, Isopulegol, Camphor (mix of Isomers), Isoborneol, Hexahydrothymol, Borneol (mix of Isomers), Terpineol (mix of Isomers), Nerol, Geraniol, Pulegone (+), Geranyl Acetate, α-Cedrene, trans-Caryophyllene, α-Humulene, Valencene, Cis-Nerolidol, Trans-Nerolidol, Guaiol, Caryophyllene oxide, Cedrol, and α-Bisabolol


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