Here at Highgrade Labs, our enduring aim is to expertly take all the guesswork out of cannabis and hemp testing. Proudly veteran-owned and operated since 2019, we are an ISO-accredited, multi-state cannabis testing laboratory. 

We full-heartedly believe in the power of cannabis and hemp, as well as the incredible wellness possibilities contained within. We also value education and transparency when it comes to being informed on everything related to the legal industry. 

In one of our previous blogs, we talked about CBD lab testing. Follow along with this article as we talk about the importance of terpene profiling, while defining ‘terpenes’ and detailing our services. 


Defining ‘Terpenes’

First, we need to cover some important basics. With all of the jargon being tossed around the legal cannabis industry, it is crucial to be as informed as possible. 

You might be wondering, What are Cannabis & Hemp ‘Terpenes’?

According to Healthline

Terpenes are naturally occurring chemical compounds found in plants and some animals. They’re responsible for the aromas, flavors, and even colors associated with various types of vegetation. In terms of cannabis, terpenes are what make certain strains smell or taste different from others.


What is a ‘Terpene Profile’?

Next, now that we know what terpenes are, we can now discuss what a ‘terpene profile’ is. 

A terpene profile can be best described as simply the collection of the most dominant terpenes that are available in any given cultivar/strain. 

For consumers, properly displayed terpene profiles should give a clear view as to what they can expect. 


The Entourage Effect

Furthermore, terpene profiling is instrumental when considering the overall cannabis/hemp experience.

Assessing the terpene profile alongside such other important information as the specific cannabinoid content (THC, CBD, etc.) is a big part of understanding as well as implementing the entourage effect

Noteworthy Cannabis & Hemp Terpenes

There are many terpenes out there (inside and outside of the hemp/cannabis world). Here are just some of the most commonly found terpenes: 

  • a-Pinene – shown to have potential anti-bacterial, pain-relieving, and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Caryophyllene – shown to have potential in the treatment of anxiety and inflammation. 
  • Farnesene – shown to have potential as an antifungal and antibacterial.
  • Limonene – shown to have potential as an antioxidant. 
  • Myrcene – shown to have potential sedative and anti-inflammatory properties. 


Highgrade Labs: Our Terpene Profiling Services

Potency seems to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue these days in the legal cannabis and hemp industries. 

Everyone is concerned with the highest THC percentages, etc. But there is so much more to cannabis than just THC levels!  

We are here to tell you, terpenes are where it’s at. 

Our expert team believes (after our meticulous efforts in analyzing 50,000 samples!) that terpenes are the REAL chauffeurs of physiological responses within the body. 

So, why is terpene profiling so crucial to natural self-care and cannabis-based wellness? 

Simply put: it allows the consumer the opportunity to base their decisions around products with similar factors in order to improve their overall experience. 


Cutting Edge Equipment

We use a machine called a Liquid Injection Auto-Sampler with GC-FID from Agilent Technologies to analyze 42 different terpenes in flower, concentrates, and infused products. 


Highgrade Labs — Your ‘Go-To’ for All Your Lab Testing Needs

As you can tell from the above mentioned information, we love specializing in lab services to fit the needs of businesses across our states of operation. 

Are you interested in learning more and getting started on a project? Be sure to contact our teams today:

Highgrade Labs – Arizona

Highgrade Labs – Oklahoma

Highgrade Labs – Maryland

Highgrade Labs – New Jersey  


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