Terpenes are naturally existing small organic molecules produced by a wide variety of plants. Terpenes (as well as flavonoids) influence the aroma and flavor of these plants, including cannabis. Over 100 terpenes have been detected in cannabis, resulting in countless combinations of smells and flavors.
We test for the most common cannabis terpenes using HS-GC-FID (Gas Chromatography with Flame Ionization Detection and Headspace Analysis), abling us to extract and identify each terpene found in a sample. For QA testing, please see our QA/R&D page for sample minimums.
All R&D results are unofficial. For information on certified testing please call the lab at (858) 623-2740.
We currently follow activity levels based on the 2018 California Cannabis Regulations. To view these, visit our 2018 CA Testing Regulations page.
Currently we have five testing focuses: potency, terpenes, residual solvents, microbials, and pesticides, but are willing to look into new categories that arise. Our goal is to raise the cannabis testing standards to a level at which the cannabis community can trust...
Consumer safety is our number one concern. Microbial testing is used to ensure that the cannabis products are safe to consume. This type of testing is mandated to ensure cleanliness and safety and is seen in all major consumer products from medicine to food...
Because pesticides are used in the cultivation of cannabis, they need to be tested for in flower, trim, and extracts. When flower or trim is extracted for cannabinoids and terpenes, the pesticides are extracted and concentrated as well. When this happens it leads to...