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Scientists identify genes that give marijuana its flavour

Canada-based scientists have scanned the genome of cannabis plants to find the genes responsible for their lemony, earthy flavours. They identified about 30 genes including ones that interact with human receptor cells. "The goal is to develop well-defined and highly reproducible cannabis varieties," said a researcher. Canada is likely to legalise recreational marijuana by mid-2018.

They also found a gene that produces the signature terpene of cannabis, beta-caryophyllene, which interacts with cannabinoid receptors in human cells along with other active ingredients in cannabis.

Bohlmann says the economic potential of a regulated cannabis industry is huge, but a current challenge is that growers are working with a crop that is not well standardized and highly variable for its key natural product profiles.
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