CANNABIS 101 GLOSSARY

Cannabinoids The natural healing compounds found in the Cannabis plant. THC and CBD are the most prevalent and well known cannabinoids.
Endocannabinoid system Series of neuro-receptors found in the human skin and nervous system meant to interact with cannabinoids found in cannabis; represents proof that Cannabis is a medicine, meant to help maintain a natural chemical balance or “homeostasis.”
THC/THCA THC is the cannabinoid known for delivering a mind-altering, psychoactive “high” and relief for a range of medical conditions.  THCA is non-activated THC, providing similar healing properties without the psychoactive effects.  THCA becomes activated THC once heated, allowing it to release the A “acid” molecule.
CBD CBD is the sister cannabinoid to THC and delivers a wide range of mental and physical benefits without the intoxicating “high” that THC offers.
Cannabis Flower The buds harvested from a flowering cannabis plant; contains healing cannabinoids delivered through smoking or vaporizing.
Trichomes/Kief The white to amber colored cannabinoid medicine found on a mature flowering plant. Almost all of the medicine is found in trichomes, resembling tiny short hairs.  Kief represents the trichomes once separated from the plant itself.
Concentrates Oils and waxes extracted from Cannabis.  Cannabis oil is often  sold in pre-filled cartridges infused into edible and topical products.
Vaporizing/vaporizer Vaporizing is one of the most fast acting and effective ways to medicate and elevate.  Cannabis is heated just enough to activate and release vapor to be inhaled.  Because vaping doesn’t involve combustion like smoking a joint or with a bong, it is a safer method free of irritants and carcinogens that can result from burning plant matter.
Dabbing/dab pen or rig Dabbing involves taking a small “dab” of concentrate (wax, shatter, or thick oil) and inserting it into a portable dab pen or a table-top dab rig for the most intense effect. A little goes a long way so dabbing is a very economical mode of ingestion.
Strain/phenotype A type of Cannabis plant.  Each strain delivers its own unique mental and physical effects.
Terpenes/terpenoid The naturally aromatic non-psychoactive substances found in cannabis and other plants and fruit like lavender, lemon and pine needles.  In addition to providing aromatherapy benefits, these terpenes interact with cannabinoids to deliver the “Entourage Effect,” enhancing both substances.  Each strain has its own terpene profile, aroma and flavor, helping to alleviate a range of mental and physical conditions.
Indica Indica is the family of Cannabis strains yielding cannabinoids known for relaxation  and pain relief.  Jokingly called “Indicouch” because of the body high it delivers.  Great for insomnia and known to help alleviate a range of medical conditions.
Sativa Sativa is the family of Cannabis strains yielding cannabinoids known to uplift and energize.  Great for creativity, physical activity and treatment of depression; known to help alleviate a range of medical conditions.
Hybrid Cannabis strains cultivated to create a combination of Indica and Sativa.  Hybrids can be Indica or Sativa dominant.
Micro-dose/micro-dosing Doses of 10mg of THC or less to treat a range of physical and mental.  To micro-dose is to pace yourself.
Sublingual Medicine, such as tinctures, applied under the tongue and quickly absorbed into the bloodstream
Homeostasis The desired state of chemical balance within the body.  Wherever there are mental and physical chemical deficiencies or imbalances, cannabinoids such as THC and CBD are known to help restore balance.