This article was originally published in MARY Magazine.

Your DNA contains the instruction manual for assembling each cell in your body. Organized into actionable instructions called genes, DNA provides a code that allows the chemical soup inside your body to produce proteins needed to build and keep your body running. Variation in your DNA is what makes you different, and tiny changes in your DNA’s instruction manual can strongly affect how each cell makes and responds to important internal and external chemicals. 

For example, do you think cilantro tastes like soap when everyone else sprinkles it onto their guacamole? If so, you likely possess a variant in the OR6A2 gene, which changes the way your body perceives the aldehydes that give cilantro its flavor. It should come as no surprise then that your DNA also dictates how you respond to cannabis, but how?

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