CANNABINOID & TERPENE PROFILES PROVIDE VALUABLE INFORMATION THAT HELPS CONSUMERS MAKE GOOD BUYING DECISIONS.
Terpenes are aromatic metabolites found in the Cannabis plant's natural oils. They are a major factor in a given plant's distinctive flavor and aroma. Cannabinoids are the naturally produced chemicals that are primarily responsible for the plant's psychoactive and medicinal effects.
About 120 different Terpenes and at least 85 types of Cannabinoids have been discovered. These components, both alone and combined, contribute to the unique phenotype of the plant or product and, ultimately, the effect on the person.
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Some initial research has indicated that the combination of terpenes, cannabinoids and other phytochemicals are responsible for the overall effect. This has been called the ‘entourage effect’
Cannabis is cultivated with a specific phenotype in mind. That is, a specific level of THC, CBD, terpene or another phytochemical is targeted in a cultivar. Many factors during a grow cycle can impact the final phenotype and lab testing of these chemicals is the only way to confirm the phenotype and provide information that can be used to adjust the constituents.
Nova Analytic Labs is developing methods to target dozens of Terpenes and Cannabinoids in addition to the most common 10-15 varieties that are identified in a typical profile panel. The highest-level instrumentation available enables us to provide not only the most comprehensive and reliable results, but also the fastest turnaround time possible. There are other laboratories that provide a “rapid” test, but the level of detail, specificity, and sensitivity cannot compare to the advanced analytical techniques designed by Nova Analytic Labs.
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