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Cannabis Glossary of Terms

Decades ago, enthusiasts debated on which slang term to use when referring to marijuana. Today, the crave for cannabis drives a legitimate industry, filled with nuances, new methods of enjoying cannabis, and a near library of terms.

Here’s a growing list of dispensary terminology to keep you informed and sounding like a green thumb when it comes to cannabis terms.

B

Bioavailability
refers to the actual percentage of the active ingredient that reaches its target destination.

C

Cannabidiol (CBD)
a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis.

Cannabinoid
a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant.

Cold Start Method
where the concentrate is inside the nail prior to heating it. Then, place the carb cap on top while carefully heating the nail for about 10 seconds.

Crumble
identified by its malleable texture that falls apart, or “crumbles”, when handled.

D

Dabbing
refers to the flash vaporization of cannabis extracts or concentrates.

Dab rig
a water pipe with a fitting for a nail rather than a bowl.

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis.

Distillate
achieved through an extensive refinement process, distillate is potent and versatile. It is the founda-tion to many products such as edibles, topicals, and vapes.

E

Edibles
any food that contains cannabis.

E-nails
or electronic nails, are significantly more expensive than standard nails, but the investment is often worth it for serious dabbers.

Endocannabinoidan
organic compound produced by the body that binds to cannabinoid receptors.

Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
a body-wide signaling network responsible for establishing and main-taining human health.

Entourage Effect
the combined effect of different compounds found in cannabis that work together as a whole to produce a greater effect than if working separately to produce separate effects.

Ethanol
solvent we use in the extraction process. 

F

Flavonoids
a lesser known class of compounds with therapeutic value that interact with the endocanna-bi-noid system.

Full Spectrum Extracts
often called whole plant extracts, maintain the full profile of the cannabis plant.

G

Genotype
the genetic characteristics of an organism. Homeostasisan organism's process of maintaining a stable internal environment suitable for sustaining life.

I

Indica
subspecies of cannabis plants that tend to grow short with thick stems and broad, deep-green leaves. They also have short flow-ering cycles, and grow sufficiently in cold, short-season climates. 

N

Neuroplasticity
the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life.

P

Purging
removal of residual solvents.

R

Receptors
an organ or cell able to respond to external stimulus and transmit a signal to a sensory nerve.

Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)
originated in 2003 when Simpson used full-spectrum cannabis oil topically to treat his skin cancer.

Rosin
a concentration process that utilizes a combination of heat and pressure.

S

Sativa
subspecies of cannabis plants that have longer flowering cycles, fare better in warm climates with long seasons, and usually grow taller with light-green, narrow leaves. 

Shatter
a brittle, glasslike, cannabis extract with a tendency to snap when handled.

Solvent
dissolves the trichomes on cannabis flower to extract beneficial compounds, while leaving behind undesirables (chlorophyll, lipids, and waxes). 

Solventless
concentrates use heat, pressure, and filtration to concentrate the cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant.

T

Terpene
compound responsible for the scent and flavor profiles of the cannabis plant, may profile therapeutic benefits to the human body.