Learning the lingo…

We initially created this list for selfish reasons. Why? Because we were also learning, but now have come to realize that many people are new to this industry. Even those considered “seasoned professionals” also come across terms that we don’t fully comprehend.  This glossary will help you understand some of the terms on our website and many blogs.

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CBD Terminology

  • Endocannabinoid: Endo- is the prefix for “within,” and endocannabinoids are the cannabinoids produced within your body.
  • Endocannabinoid System (ECS): This term refers to the cell receptors in your body that are responsible for maintaining homeostasis and bodily functions like mood, appetite, sleep cycle, pain sensation and immune response.
  • Cannabinoid Receptors: Cannabinoid receptors are part of the endocannabinoid system.  These receptors are found in two types (CB1 & CB2) throughout the brain and body.
  • Cannabinoid Receptor Type 1 (CB1): CB1 is a g protein coupled receptor found throughout the body. These receptors are primarily concentrated in the spine and brain. These receptors play a role in memory, emotion, and are also found in nerve endings where they act to reduce pain.
  • Cannabinoid Receptor Type 2 (CB2): CB1 is also a g protein coupled receptor found throughout the body. These receptors are primarily found in the peripheral nervous system. When activated, these receptors work to reduce inflammation.
  • CBD Isolate: An isolate is a crystalline powder form of the single CBD molecule created by further processing an extract to remove other cannabinoids, terpenoids, and plant materials.
  • Cannabinol (CBN): A lesser known cannabinoid occurring in small amounts in cannabis. Known for its potential benefits around pain relief and sedative effects.
  • Entourage Effect: This effect is the increased benefits provided by ingesting the various cannabinoids and terpenoids found in the whole cannabis plant together. This is opposed to ingesting a single compound alone.
  • Extraction: The process of removing the cannabinoid from the plant source.
  • Full Spectrum: Referring to a cannabinoid spectrum containing a full range of cannabinoids in relation to what is commonly found in hemp. 
  • Hemp: A type of cannabis bred as a fibrous material for use in a wide variety of applications. Hemp contains a low THC content. Hemp is often grown outdoors and is able to be grown in most climates.
  • Hemp Oil: This is a broad term used to describe an oil created from hemp. This could mean hemp seed oil, or a CBD extract suspended in a carrier oil.
  • Marijuana: A type of cannabis bred for high-THC content for recreational or medical use. Marijuana is grown under precise environmental conditions, often indoors.
  • Microdosing: The act of dosing small, frequent doses over a long period of time as opposed to one, large dose.
  • Terpene: Terpenes are a large and diverse class of organic compounds produced by plants. These compounds are often associated with a specific odor. They are known to produce a wide variety of potential benefits alongside cannabinoids via the entourage effect.
  • Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (THCA): The acid form of THC, THCA is a non-psychoactive compound. This compound’s potential benefits include anti-inflammatory properties, neuroprotective properties and more.