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.
Refers to the actual percentage of the active ingredient that reaches its target destination.
A non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis.
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.
Identified by its malleable texture that falls apart, or “crumbles”, when handled.
A water pipe with a fitting for a nail rather than a bowl.
Refers to the flash vaporization of cannabis extracts or concentrates.
the main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis.
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.
or electronic nails, are significantly more expensive than standard nails, but the investment is often worth it for serious dabbers.
any food that contains cannabis.
an 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.
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.
solvent we use in the extraction process.
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.
the genetic characteristics of an organism. Homeostasisan organism’s process of maintaining a stable internal environment suitable for sustaining life.
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.
the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life.
removal of residual solvents.
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.
a concentration process that utilizes a combination of heat and pressure.
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.
a brittle, glasslike, cannabis extract with a tendency to snap when handled.
dissolves the trichomes on cannabis flower to extract beneficial compounds, while leaving behind undesirables (chlorophyll, lipids, and waxes).
concentrates use heat, pressure, and filtration to concentrate the cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant.
compound responsible for the scent and flavor profiles of the cannabis plant, may profile therapeutic benefits to the human body.