Cannabinoids and pesticides are normally the main focus of native and foreign chemical constituents found in cannabis. However, terpenes deserve their fair-share of the spotlight. Terpenes and their related terpenoids are the primary compounds in most botanicals and essential oils. Many consumer products rely on terpenes for their character, flavor and fragrances, making them ideal for foods and aromatherapy alike. For example, Myrcene, beta-Pinene, beta-Caryophyllene and alpha-Humulene are found in hops and important to the flavor and aroma of beer. Damascene and Geraniol provide the floral notes of wine grapes and roses.
Terpenes are of interest for both recreational and medical cannabis fields. Researchers are able to characterize different cannabis strains based on their terpene profiles. Terpene profiles allow recreational users to identify which flavors and fragrances they prefer. More importantly, research recognizes terpenes also have therapeutic benefits. For example, beta-Myrcene and Nerolidol are mild sedatives and Limonene an anti-inflammatory, each providing key therapeutic benefits. Some research also suggests terpenes work synergistically with themselves and other native compounds to enhance therapeutic effects, similar to the cannabinoid “Entourage Effect”.
As the industry evolves, the need for more accurate and precise analytical methods and standards will continue to grow. SPEX CertiPrep is proud to be at the forefront of the industry, continuously adapting our standards to comply with changing regulations and increasing consumer demand for safer products.