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

May 01, 2018

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

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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