A team of researchers from the University of Columbia (Canada) has scanned the genome of cannabis plants and has found the genes responsible for giving the different flavors of the varieties of the plant. Put another way, science has figured out why marijuana tastes like this.
The researchers found the genes responsible for giving those flavors of different varieties of cannabis. About 30 genes were found to contribute decisively to the various flavors in cannabis.
To give us an idea, the number is comparable to similar genes that are major players in the flavor of the vine for the wine industry. In fact, the genes discovered play an important role in the production of natural products such as limonene, myrcene and pinene in cannabis plants (these molecules are generally known in the industry as terpenes).