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PLoS One. 2018 Feb 5;13(2):e0192247. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0192247. eCollection 2018.

Consumer perceptions of strain differences in Cannabis aroma.

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1
Headspace Sensory, LLC, Fort Collins, Colorado, United States of America.
2
XTR Systems, LLC, Fort Collins, Colorado, United States of America.

Abstract

The smell of marijuana (Cannabis sativa L.) is of interest to users, growers, plant breeders, law enforcement and, increasingly, to state-licensed retail businesses. The numerous varieties and strains of Cannabis produce strikingly different scents but to date there have been few, if any, attempts to quantify these olfactory profiles directly. Using standard sensory evaluation techniques with untrained consumers we have validated a preliminary olfactory lexicon for dried cannabis flower, and characterized the aroma profile of eleven strains sold in the legal recreational market in Colorado. We show that consumers perceive differences among strains, that the strains form distinct clusters based on odor similarity, and that strain aroma profiles are linked to perceptions of potency, price, and smoking interest.

PMID:
29401526
PMCID:
PMC5798829
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0192247
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