Cannabis Terminology

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The flower is the most common form of cannabis consumed and is the portion of the plant that once cured, can be separated into buds and then smoked, vaped or made into edibles or concentrates.


A marijuana concentrate is a highly potent THC or CBD concentrated mass that looks like oil, honey or butter. For that reason, it’s often called oil, honey, shatter or dabs. The two primary processes of extraction are BHO and CO2.


Marijuana infused products, commonly referred to as ‘edibles’, provide another option to people who cannot, or choose not to smoke their cannabis. Edibles come in many different varieties, including tinctures, cooking oils, drinks, snack foods and candies.


A strain is derived from the plants genetics. Cannabis strains are sorted into three categories, Indica, Sativa and Hybrid. Thousands of strains exist today.


THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis. It’s the primary chemical in getting you “high”. Cannabis contains various levels of THC and other cannabinoids, which are chemical compounds found in cannabis that affects neurotransmitters in your brain.


CDB is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC.


Any of a group of closely related compounds that include cannabinol and the active constituents of cannabis. These compounds can interact with each other, giving each strain a different feeling.


Terpenes are the natural oil compound that gives marijuana its flavor. They are also well defined by their nose, and are said to have their own effects that interact with cannabinoids.


An Indica strain is grown from a plant that is short with bushy leaves. The typical effects are sedating and relaxing with a full body high.


A Sativa strain is grown from a plant that has long skinny leaves. The effects tend to be energizing and uplifting with cerebral tones.


A hybrid strain consists of a blend of Indica and Sativa. There are many hybrid strains that are a balanced blend, many that are Indica dominant and many that are Sativa dominant.


Rather than take the time to cultivate seeds, many cannabis growers use clones instead. Cloning ensures a healthy, female plant. Only female plants produce the desired product.

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