Cannabis labelling is associated with genetic variation in terpene synthase genes

Analysis of over 100 Cannabis samples quantified for terpene and cannabinoid content and genotyped for over 100,000 single nucleotide polymorphisms indicated that Sativa- and Indica-labelled samples were genetically indistinct on a genome-wide scale. Instead, we found that Cannabis labelling was associated with variation in a small number of terpenes whose concentrations are controlled by genetic variation at tandem arrays of terpene synthase genes.

Genetic variations in the human cannabinoid receptor gene are associated with happiness.

Authors: Masahiro Matsunaga , Tokiko Isowa, Kaori Yamakawa, Seisuke Fukuyama, Jun Shinoda, et al
PLoS One, 1 April 2014

Happiness has been viewed as a temporary emotional state (e.g., pleasure) and a relatively stable state of being happy (subjective happiness level). As previous studies demonstrated that individuals with high subjective happiness level rated their current affective states more…