Medical Marijuana Glossary of Terms

Whether you’re new to medical marijuana or just aren’t familiar with all the terminology yet, this is your guide to the vocabulary involved with cannabis.

  • Bud: this refers to the actual flower of the marijuana plant.
  • Cannabinoids: these are the chemical compounds unique to cannabis that act upon the human body’s cannabinoid receptors, producing various effects including pain relief.
  • CBD: this is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, one of the at least 85 cannabinoids found in cannabis and the second only to THC when it comes to average volume.
  • Edibles: these are medicated edible goods that have been infused with cannabis extracts.
  • Hash: this is short for hashish, which is derived from cannabis plants and can be used for consumption or medication.
  • Hemp: this is a fibrous product that can be produced from the male cannabis plant and can be used in the manufacture of many medical and beauty products.
  • Hybrid: this refers to a plant that is genetically a cross between one or more separate strains of cannabis.
  • Indica: this is a species of cannabis, that tends to produce more relaxing physical effects and can have a sedative quality.
  • Kush: this refers to a line of cannabis plants that hail from the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan and Pakistan, they are indica strains.
  • Sativa: this is another strain of cannabis, that tends to produce more cerebral effects as opposed to physical and sedative ones.
  • Strain: a strain is a specific variety of a plant species.
  • THC: this is an abbreviation for tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is also the component in marijuana that is responsible for the psychoactive effect.
  • Vaporizer: a vaporizer is a device used to consume marijuana. It heats either flowers or marijuana-infused oils to a temperature that produces a vapour you can inhale.

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