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Fingerprinting the Terpene Profiles of Various Cannabis Strains using GC and GCxGC with High Performance TOFMS

Published: May 01, 2018   

Cannabis is a complex mixture: terpenes, cannabinoids, flavonoids, etc. Medicinal uses include treatment of chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, anxiety, and cancer. Its total composition is important in determining potency and medical effectiveness (Entourage Effect). In this study, a novel analytical approach was utilized for the effective characterization of terpenes in different cannabis strains.

Investigative Objectives

  • Implement the use of enhanced, comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GCxGC) for the separation of cannabis terpenes.
  • Use a benchtop, high-performance time-of-flight mass spectrometer and powerful processing software to quickly and confidently identify terpenes and other cannabis compounds.
  •  Use software tools to compare different cannabis strains.

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