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Robust comparison of terpene profiles across cannabis strains

Introduction

The classification of terpenes is an important aspect of cannabis analysis, due to the distinctive aroma and flavour that they impart, as well as their potential therapeutic effects.[1] Consequently, plant breeders will often attempt to engineer cultivars with specific terpene profiles, in order to encourage particular traits.[2]

There are three main sub-species of cannabis – indica, sativa and ruderalis – but there are now also hundreds of commercial strains based on these sub-species and their hybrids. It is therefore important to be able to confidently profile terpenes to distinguish differences across the strains, for accurate flavour profiling and consistent therapeutic effects.

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