Terpenes, the volatile aromatic compounds commonly found in fruits, herbs and hops, are also present in cannabis. Certain terpenes extracted from cannabis are known to be anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and can interact synergistically with cannabinoids to create an “entourage effect” thereby magnifying the therapeutic benefits of cannabis extracts. The realization that terpene profiling plays an important role in differentiating cannabis strains has led the need for this industry to rapidly detect and quantify these compounds in cannabis plants and extracts.
The G908 analyzer rapidly identifies and quantifies terpenes at the push of a button. A ballistically heated, multi- phase, mid-polarity capillary column provides adequate separation and reproducible retention times. Meanwhile high-pressure mass spectrometry (HPMS) and flame ionization detection (FID) work together to provide component mass confirmation and quantification for all major terpenes species found in cannabis extracts.