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Terpenes Analysis is like a Fingerprint

September 23, 2015         By Matt Jones

Terpene analysis can tell you if it’s the same strain under different names. Cannabis Strains going by different names that have the same terpene profile are identical.

In the summer of 2011, the Werc Shop in Los Angeles emerged as the first lab to test cannabis strains for terpenes. Since it began providing this service to the medical marijuana community, the Werc Shop has analyzed more than 2,000 bud samples for terpene content. Its analysis has occasionally revealed strains with different names but identical terpene content.

There are many, many chemical compounds in marijuana, including cannabinoids, terpenoids and flavonoids (which give fruit skin its color). Each has specific medicinal attributes, which combine to create a holistic “entourage effect,” so that the therapeutic impact of the whole plant is greater than the sum of its parts.

In 2008, the Swiss scientist Jürg Gertsch documented beta-caryophyllene’s binding affinity for the CB2 receptor and described it as “a dietary cannabinoid.” It is the only terpenoid known to directly activate a cannabinoid receptor.

The dual status of beta-caryophyllene as a terpenoid and a CB2 activator underscores the synergistic interplay between various components of the cannabis plant.

Do you know anyone in the healthcare industry that never had any training? It makes you wonder how the “medical” cannabis industry gets away without requiring industry training. There are thousands of doctors recommending cannabis but never do you see medical cannabis being recommended in med school. Are we getting ahead of ourselves?

It seems like the industry is trying to keep up with legalization sweeping across the world. there are now accredited courses about medicinal cannabis for healthcare professionals. The Sponsor of this program has been approved to offer up to 36 Continuing Education Units for CAS in accordance with The American Academy Of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders.

The course goes over everything about cannabis from the laws across the US, history of the plant, different medication methods, dosing recommendations, cannabinoids, terpenes, what disorders cannabis is recommended for and much more. The program is based on Dr. Brown’s e-book and is available for download with every registration.

The course is available at THC University, an online school that offers affordable online training for the cannabis industry. The course was created by Dr. Vasu Brown who specializes in cannabinoid and terpene medicine in Massachusetts. Dr. Brown is very passionate about teaching budtenders and healthcare professionals about the health benefits of cannabis. Having the courses available online will hopefully allow training to begin much faster in states where laws are just now changing.

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Source: http://insider.thcuniversity.org/terpenes-...