Terpenes Take Center Stage at California State Fair Cannabis Competition

Terpenes Take Center Stage at California State Fair Cannabis Competition
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<![CDATA[At the California State Fair this year, attendees will find a new crop sitting alongside cheese, berries and heirloom tomatoes of vibrant hues: cannabis flower, also boasting its many vibrant hues. The fair hosts its first cannabis competition this year, with Cultivar Brands producing the highly visible event before the world’s largest legal marketplace. The California State Fair runs through July 31 in Sacramento.  Winners were categorized within indoor, outdoor and mixed light environments, and from there, the competition broke down the different cannabis flower entries into various chemical constituents. Greenshock Farms, for instance, won the gold award for its outdoor ocimene-dominant cultivar, Passion Orange Guava. High Grade Farms won the gold award for its indoor caryophyllene-dominant cultivar, and Peanut Butter Cup. Esensia won the Best of California “Golden Bear” award in the caryophyllene category for its Lemon OG. Each entrant was tested by SC Labs, which produced a detailed chemometric report for the flower. (See an example below.)SC Labs launched its terpene testing in 2013, according to co-founder Alec Dixon. Since then, the team has honed the process over hundreds of thousands of tests across California and Oregon. “We’ve been doing a bunch of research into our data and sorting everything by terpene content and learning a lot about how cannabis is classified by potential oil content,” Dixon says. “We’re working to further separate things out from the historic indica-and-sativa conversation—to know more about the terpene-cannabinoid makeups possible within the plant.” Entrants into the California State Fair competition provided their cannabis flower to the event producers, which was later slotted into specific categories by SC Labs’ testing data. In the future, however, Dixon says he hopes to see entrants identify which terpene or cannabinoid category they’d like to pursue upfront. This may have the effect of encouraging more specific terpene-based breeding…

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