More Than Just Taste and Smell: Examining the Complexity and Diversity of Terpene Profiles from Popular Cannabis Strains

“Cannabis synthesizes a diversity of secondary metabolites. Selection and breeding has resulted in strains with enhanced cannabinoid potency and unique flavor profiles called chemotypes.

Volatile organic compounds known as terpenes are responsible for the taste and smell of cannabis are becoming recognized as medicinal molecules in their own right.

Our goal here is to create a botanical classification system to delineate chemotype groups and subgroups in popular strains using terpene profiles gathered from online sources. 

When used in conjunction with genetic data this approach may be used to disambiguate or place the lineage of unknown strains and guide future breeding projects for the development of unique chemotypes with specific medicinal outcomes in mind.”

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