16 Cannabis Terms You Need To Know

Even if the closest you’ve come to cannabis is that time you watched Pineapple Express, you probably still know what bongs, joints and vapes are. Whether you’re new to cannabis or seasoned, read on for definitions of 16 of the most common words and phrases from CBD to THC:

The main class of secondary compounds found in cannabis that drive the overall experience, both psychoactive and medicinal. They’re also are responsible for what are said to be cannabis’ many medicinal properties—anti-spasmodic, anti-convulsant, anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving and more. While THC and CBD are the two primary cannabinoids, there are more than 100 found in cannabis.


Cannabis is the main plant, while hemp and marijuana are two words used to distinguish any cannabis plant’s cannabinoid profile from another. Hemp is a subspecies of cannabis that’s legal because of its concentration of CBD (and almost no THC). Marijuana refers to weed that is THC-dominant and has a high level of THC.


Short for cannabidiol, CBD is the second-most prominent compound found in cannabis besides THC. It is a cannabinoid that binds to our nervous systems’ receptors and induces a multitude of signaling pathways.


Indica and sativa are both scientific terms that define different species of the cannabis plant. The Indica plant grows short, bushy to the ground, with a dense flower structure. Alternatively, the sativa plant grows tall, skinny with a loose flower structure.


A popular method of consuming cannabis that includes anything you swallow that’s digested and metabolized by your body, such as edibles, tinctures or capsules.


Another primary method of consuming cannabis by way of smoking or vaporizing.


THC is intoxicating, meaning it gives a “high”; CBD is non-intoxicating. While product labels don’t typically specify intoxicating or non-intoxicating, if you know the THC/CBD concentration percentages, you will have a good idea of how intoxicating the experience may be.

For example, a product with 80% CBD and 20% THC may not be as intoxicating as a product with 80% THC and 20% CBD.


A term for under-the-tongue delivery.


Aromatic compounds found in all plants. Terpenes in cannabis will determine whether you feel relaxed or calm, alert or energized, or somewhere in-between.


The primary cannabinoid found in cannabis. It’s the most common cannabinoid because people have been breeding for high THC over the last century for its cerebral psychoactive experience (a.k.a. ‘high’).


Anything you put on the surface of your skin, like lotions, balms and sprays. Topicals don’t typically cause intoxication, even if they have THC in them. The one exception to this rule is transdermal topicals, which are formulated to deliver a specific dose through the skin and can cause a high.


Anything designed to pass through the skin and into the bloodstream.

Any health-related information provided is for general knowledge only. The content on this page is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always consult with a qualified medical professional regarding any medical condition and your use of cannabis. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Be. products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Not all methods of administration are legal in each state that has legalized medical or adult use cannabis.

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