There are plenty of confusing terms when it comes to medicinal cannabis, especially if you are new to the plant. Most people looking into medicinal cannabis for the first time are interested in the benefits of CBD, but even this one arena of medicinal cannabis can get confusing. In order to help you through sort through the different terms and make an informed decision about you and CBD, we’ve come up with our CDB Glossary of Terms.

CBD Glossary of Terms

Cannabinoid: A class of diverse compounds found in the cannabis plant that acts on the cannabinoid receptors in cells.

Cannabis: A genus of plants. The Cannabis genus contains indica, sativa, and ruderalis species.

Carrier Oil: An oil utilized to deliver CBD into the body. Most CBD oil manufacturers utilize food-grade carrier oils like coconut and olive.

CBD: Cannabidiol. A cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Early research indicates that CBD has several medicinal benefits.

CBD-dominant: A strain of cannabis that has large amounts of CBD, and little to no THC.

CBD-rich: A strain of cannabis that contains equal amounts of THC, and CBD.

Concentrate: Concentrated form of cannabinoids like CBD. Can be in solid or liquid form. Most often smoked or vaped.

Dispensary: Generic term for an establishment where you can legally purchase cannabis.

Edible: Edible goods such as candy or baked goods that have been infused with cannabis.

Endocannabinoid system: A group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors found occurring in mammalian species. The endocannabinoid system is responsible for the therapeutic and psychotropic effects of the cannabis plant.

Hemp: Fibrous product produced from the male cannabis plant. CBD oil may be manufactured from hemp seed.

Hybrid: Cannabis strain produced through the breeding of an indica and sativa strain.

Indica: A species of the cannabis family. Indica plants are characterized by short height, more compact flower structure, and are “bushier” than the sativa plant.

Rudearalis: A species of the cannabis family. Rudearalis is low in THC and high in CBD, making it a popular variety for CBD extraction.

Sativa: A species of the cannabis family. Sativa plants are taller and lighter in color than indica plants.

Strain: A specific variety of cannabis with its own unique genetics.

Terpene: Volatile hydrocarbon chains found in certain plants including the cannabis family. Responsible for giving cannabis its unique smell and taste.

THC: Tetrahydrocannabinol. The primary psychoactive component in cannabis.

Tincture: A mixture of alcohol and CBD. Popular for topical applications.

Topical: An external application method of CBD. Topicals include salves, rubs, and tinctures.

Vaping: “Smoking” cannabis through non-combusting methods. Avoids many carcinogens found in cannabis.