Instrumentation Used for Terpene Analysis

Author: Tim Herring

Restek Corporation

Published By: Cannabis Industry Journal

Year of Publication: 2017



Because terpenes are somewhat volatile, the Restek team recommends using gas chromatography and advises against using HPLC for terpene analysis.

Many customers ask technical service which instrumentation is best, GC or HPLC, for analysis of terpenes. Terpenes are most amenable to GC, due to their inherent volatility. HPLC is generally not recommended; since terpenes have very low UV or MS sensitivity; the cannabinoids (which are present in percent levels) will often interfere or coelute with many of the terpenes.