Liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) with atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) is a useful technique to quantitatively profile the volatile unsaturated hydrocarbons called terpenes.
Terpene profiling and characterization is used for product quality testing. Terpenes are the chemicals that give cannabis its unique fragrance and flavor and play a well-defined role in the perceived user preference for specific cannabis strains. There are at least 200 terpenes, and unique cannabis strains and extracts can present different terpene profiles. Six of the most common cannabis-related terpenes are linalool, β-myrcene, α-pinene, limonene, β-caryophyllene and α-humulene.
Profiling terpenes is a significant analytical challenge because of varying compound volatility. Monoterpenes are highly volatile and sesquiterpenoids are less volatile, for example.
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