- Cannabis: Plants derived from the plant Cannabis sativa, including marijuana and hemp.
- Marijuana: Cannabis plant with flowers that contain a high percentage of cannabinoids, which hold both medicinal and psychoactive properties.
- Hemp: Cannabis plant little to no Delta-9 THC. Hemp is also used to make textiles, rope, paper, fuel, building materials as well as health/wellness/beauty products.
- Cannabinoids: Compounds found in cannabis that include
THC: Ignites the high.
CBD: Promotes anti-inflammatory and relaxation.
THCA: Found in raw cannabis and turns into THC when heated.
CBDA: Converts to CBD over time or when heated.
CBG: Mother of all cannabinoids.
CBN: Occurs when weed gets dry and oxidizes. Useful for sleep and relaxation.
CBC: Converts from CBGA into cannabichrome carboxylic acid (CBCA), and then to CBC after exposure to heat or ultraviolet light. Fights pain and inflammation.
- CBD full spectrum: Product that contains multiple cannabis components including terpenes and cannabinoids. *May contain up to 0.3% of THC. Avoid if you’re subjected to workplace drug testing as even a tiny amount of THC can yield a positive result.
- CBD broad spectrum: Product that contains a range of naturally occurring cannabis compounds, but no THC.
- CBD isolate: Crystalline, solid or powder product that is only CBD without any other compounds or THC.
- Terpenes: Aromatic molecules whose pharmacological importance forms the basis of aromatherapy. Cannabis’ fragrance and flavor is determined by the predominant terpenes in a strain.
Myrcene: musky, clove
Alpha-pinene: pine, rosemary
Beta-caryophyllene: black pepper, wood
Terpinolene: pine, herbal
- Bud: The cannabis flower that is harvested for medicinal uses due to its concentration of active cannabinoids.
- Endocannabinoid System (ECS): A cell-signaling system that plays role in regulating a range of functions and processes, including sleep, mood, appetite, memory, reproduction and fertility. *The ECS exists and is active in your body even if you don’t use cannabis.
- Endocannabinoids: (also known as endogenous cannabinoids): Molecules similar to cannabinoids, but produced by your body. Experts have identified two key endocannabinoids:
Anandamide (also known as the bliss molecule): A fatty acid neurotransmitter. Anandamide was the first endocannabinoid to be discovered and participates in the ECS by binding to cannabinoid receptors, the same receptors that the psychoactive compound THC in cannabis acts on.
2-Arachidonoylglycerol: An endocannabinoid receptor and the primary endogenous ligand for the CB2 receptor. It is a chemical compound formed from the omega-6 fatty acid arachidonic acid and glycerol.
- Phytocannabinoid: Any cannabinoid produced in the trichomes of a cannabis plant.
- Delta 8: A minor cannabinoid that can be synthesized entirely from CBD with the use of solvents. Most Delta 8 comes from hemp rather than marijuana, which ensures that the concentrations contain under 0.3% Delta 9 THC, which is the threshold required for federal legality.
- Psychoactive v. 10. Intoxicating: Affects how the brain works and causes changes in mood, awareness, thoughts, feelings or behavior v. having physical or mental control diminished.
- Microdosing: Consuming a small amount of cannabis to see and feel the experience before titrating up to an optimal dose.