The Cannabis Dictionary

The Cannabis Dictionary

Our dictionary is packed with common cannabis-related terminology and simple definitions to help you better understanding the world of cannabis and CBD products.

Anti-inflammatory

Reduces inflammation.

Anti-Proliferative

Destroys or inhibits the growth of cells, especially malignant cells.

Antibacterial

Destroys or inhibits the growth of bacteria. Cannabis has been known to contain antibacterial cannabinoids.

Antiemetic

Reduces vomiting and nausea.

Anti-Proliferative

Destroys or inhibits the growth of cells, especially malignant cells.

Auto-Flowering

A trait that allows cannabis varieties to mature and achieve the flowering stage based on age as opposed to light exposure. These cannabis strains can begin to flower in as little as 2-4 weeks.

Cannabinoid

A group of closely related chemical compounds found in cannabis. The most widely researched and discussed cannabinoids include THC, CBD, and CBG.

Cannabis

Cannabis typically refers to the plant Cannabis sativa. This plant originates in Asia and is now grown around the world for recreational, medical and religious purposes. Cannabis contains hundreds of chemical compounds known as cannabinoids. See Marijuana.

CBC (Cannabichromene)

A non-psychoactive cannabinoid that occurs naturally in the cannabis plant. CBC shows potential for relieving pain, reducing inflammation, and inhibiting cancer and tumor cell growth.

CBD (Cannabidiol)

The by-product of heating CBDA. One of the primary cannabinoids derived from cannabis. Lacks the psychotropic effects of THC and has been extensively researched for its medical and therapeutic potential.

CBDA (Cannabidolic acid)

Occurs naturally in the cannabis plant. Used to produce CBD, which is widely used for its medical and therapeutic potential.

CBG (Cannabigerol)

A non-psychoactive cannabinoid that occurs very minimally (<1%) in the cannabis plant. CBG is known to have antibacterial properties. CBG can be responsible for slowing bacterial growth, promoting bone growth and inhibiting cancer and tumor cell growth.

CBN (Cannbinol)

A mildly psychoactive cannabinoid with very little existence in fresh plants. CBN is produced from the degradation of THC. This process is known to create a sedative effect.

CBDV (Cannabidivarin)

A less common cannabinoid that is currently under investigation for its potential in alleviating symptoms of epilepsy and autism spectrum disorder.

Edibles

Foods and drinks containing extracts of cannabis.

Endocannabinoids

Neurotransmitters that are naturally produced by the body and bind to cannabinoid receptors.

Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

A natural system within the human body that regulates a wide variety of psychological processes, such as mood and appetite. When cannabis is ingested, the cannabinoids bind to the endocannabinoid receptors and subsequently produce an effect on the body and mind.

Epilepsy

A neurological disorder characterized by a predisposition to unpredictable seizures.

Hemp

Includes all varieties of cannabis with <0.3% THC content. Typically refers to the industrial variety that is grown for its fiber and seeds. Used to produce hemp seed oil and hemp four.

Homeostasis

The ability to achieve internal stability or equilibrium.

Hybrid

Hybrid varieties of cannabis are made of a combination of Cannabis indica and Cannabis sativa.

Marijuana

A slang term for the dried flowers, leaves, stems and seeds of the cannabis plant.

Neurotransmitter

A naturally occurring chemical substance that sends information between neurons.

Non-Psychoactive

Not affecting the mind or mental state. See psychoactive.

Phytocannabinoids

Consist of >100 cannabinoids that occur naturally in the cannabis plant.

Potency

The concentration or strength of a substance and its ability to affect our brains and bodies.

Psychoactive

Having an altering affect on a person’s mental state. Another word for psychotropic.

Psychotropic

Having an altering affect on a person’s mental state. Another word for psychoactive.

Terpenes

Chemicals that are produced and stored in the cannabis plant and give cannabis its distinctive smell.

Therapeutic

Having a positive effect on the body or mind; contributing to a sense of well-being.

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

Commonly known as delta 9, THC is the by-product of heating THCA. THC is a major cannabinoid derived from cannabis. It is primarily responsible for the way our brains and bodies respond to cannabis, including the psychotropic effects. THC has some recreational and therapeutic uses. The potency of THC usually measured as a percentage, is around 15% today but can reach as high as 30%. Cannabis that contains low levels of THC (<0.3%) is classified as hemp.

THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid)

Occurs naturally in the cannabis plant.

THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin)

A less common cannabinoid that is still under investigation for its potential use in Parkinson’s disease, insulin sensitivity, and type 2 diabetes.

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