Definitions of Cannabis Terms

By now, you’ve heard a thing or two about cannabis but do you know your stuff? Study the terms that make cannabis unique and elevate your experience level.

Cannabinoids: The active chemical components of cannabis.

Cannabis Tolerance: How tolerant you are of cannabis. A person’s tolerance varies depending on many factors including frequency of consumption, body mass index, sex, the product and more.

CB1 and CB2 receptors: The cellular receptors in our body that bind to cannabinoids and allow us to feel the effects. They are part of our endocannabinoid system.

CBD: (Cannabidiol) CBD is a common cannabinoid found in cannabis. It is non-intoxicating, and may counteract some of THC’s intoxicating effects.

CBG: (Cannabigeral) CBG may affect certain chemicals in the body to lower cholesterol, protect the brain and nerves, and reduce swelling.

CBN: (Cannabinol) CBN is a midly psyhas shown to have sedative properties that could relieve conditions like insomnia.

Concentrate: Concentrates are products made from the cannabis plant that have been processed to remove excess plant material and other impurities. They are a more condensed form of cannabis.

Consumption Methods: Different ways to consume cannabis (inhaled, ingested, oral, topical).

Endocannabinoid System: A biological system that binds to cannabinoid receptors. All of us have one, regardless of whether or not we’ve ever consumed cannabis.

Environmental stimuli: Things in our environment that cause a physical response in our bodies. Music, a friendly face, and a glass of wine are all examples of environmental stimuli.

Entourage Effect: The entourage effect is when cannabis compounds act together to create unique effects. For example, the effects of a terpene will change when combined with other chemical compounds.

Gastrointestinal Uptake: When chemicals are absorbed through our gut. When a consumer eats cannabis, they absorb the effects through gastrointestinal uptake. Gastrointestinal uptake usually causes products to take longer to produce effects.

Inhalation: When cannabis is consumed by the lungs. When we smoke cannabis, we absorb the effects through inhalation. Inhalation is usually a faster way to feel the effects.

Microdosing: The act of taking a very small amount of a drug.

Oral Uptake: When chemicals are absorbed through saliva. Oral uptake is usually a faster way to feel the effects as compared to gastrointestinal uptake.

Potency: Potency is a subjective measure of a strain’s strength. In general, a strain with more THC is considered more potent.

Strain Families: The classification of strains based on shared characteristics (eg. Terpene profile). Strains in the same families may produce similar effects.

Terpenes: Terpenes are the aromatic oils that give a cannabis strain its unique flavor. Terpenes can influence the effects we feel from cannabis by interacting with cannabinoids. The five most common terpenes in cannabis are myrcene, pinene, caryophyllene, limonene, terpinolene.

Terpene Profiles: Terpene profiles are the unique mix of terpenes within a strain’s composition. A strain, for example, might be dominant in myrcene, with accents of pinene. The unique mix of terpenes is the strain’s terpene profile.

THC: (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is a main cannabinoid found in cannabis. It is intoxicating and induces a high.

Tincture: Cannabis tinctures are alcohol-extracted cannabis products. They contain high levels of cannabinoids. They are a liquid form of cannabis concentrate.