LumiGrow Cannabis Research Report Explores How To Boost Terpenes Using a “No Red” Light Treatment

LumiGrow Cannabis Research Report Explores How To Boost Terpenes Using a “No Red” Light Treatment


Emeryville, CA, USA – December 12, 2016 – LumiGrow, Inc. – LumiGrow Research, the research division of horticultural LED lighting manufacturer LumiGrow, Inc., released a new scientific research report that illustrates how a “No Red” Light Treatment in the final three days of production can increase terpene levels in Cannabis for most strains studied. For the strains studied (Chocolope, J1, OG18, and Reserva), eliminating red light at the end of a flowering cycle had almost no effect on the final Cannabinoid content of dried and cured flowers. This research was done in collaboration with LumiGrow commercial partner Silver State Relief,.
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Wheatley M, Yelton M., in collaboration with commercial partner Silver State Relief “No Red” Light Treatment for Boosting Terpenes in Cannabis”. 2016; Sparks, Nevada

Background on Terpenes and Light
Terpenes are aromatic compounds that give Cannabis some of its most distinct aromas from citrus and berry, to more earthy tones. In addition to aromatic components, each unique blend of terpenes has its own profile of medicinal properties. Terpenes found in some strains are known to have anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties.
Many species of plants produce and emit terpenes in a diurnal, or daily cycle that is regulated by a complex web of signaling. Many plants emit terpenes at night to attract nocturnal pollinators, but regardless of when the terpenes are produced or emitted, these processes are often dependent upon cues derived from natural light/dark cycles via a native circadian clock. Several light sensitive pigments are involved in these processes of production and emission, and the different photoreceptors are dependent upon different wavelengths of light to be activated or deactivated. Emission of terpenes is a process that is entirely dependent upon phytochromes and red/far red light cues in most plant species. For example, repeated light-dark phytochrome signaling is necessary for emission of terpenes in tobacco plants.

Interested in Boosting Terpenes Yourself?
LumiGrow has also released a simple how-to guide for using spectral science to realize more yield, higher quality, and elicit desired crop characteristics. If you’re interested in boosting terpenes using light, check out the spectral control strategies listed in LumiGrow’s “Using Spectral Control For Cannabis Cultivation Guide”.

About LumiGrow, Inc.
LumiGrow, Inc., the leader in smart horticultural lighting, empowers growers and scientists with the ability to improve plant growth, boost crop yields, and achieve cost-saving operational efficiencies. LumiGrow offers a range of proven grow light solutions for use in greenhouses, controlled environment agriculture and research chambers. LumiGrow solutions are eligible for energy-efficiency subsidies from utilities across North America.

LumiGrow has the largest horticultural LED install-base in the United States, with installations in over 30 countries. Our customers range from top global agribusinesses, many of the world’s top 100 produce and flower growers, enterprise cannabis cultivators, leading universities, and the USDA. Headquartered in Emeryville, California, LumiGrow is privately owned and operated. For more information, call (800) 514-0487 or visit

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