COMMONLY USED TERMS
The flowering tops of the cannabis plant.
Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the most well-known phytocannabinoid. It can have psychoactive effects and produce a “high,” but not necessarily. Its medical uses include pain relief, insomnia, and more.
A cannabinoid produced by the human body.
A cannabinoid produced in nature, by the cannabis plant.
The regulatory system in the human body that deals with memory, hunger, emotions, stress, and immune function. Discovered in Israel by Raphael Mechoulam in 1991.
A strain is a variety of cannabis plant. Different strains have different types of cannabinoids, and different levels of those cannabinoids. They therefore produce different effects in the body.
Flowers are the hairy, sticky parts of the cannabis plant. They are harvested and dried, and can be smoked directly.
A form of medicine that can be taken sublingually or internally, without smoking or vaporizing. Generally made from diluting cannabis oil or directly infusing cannabis into a carrier oil.
A method of vaporizing cannabis oil on a hot surface, usually through a water pipe.
While not used as much anymore, sativa/indica can be a useful shorthand to refer to the effects of cannabis strains (varietals):
Originating in tropical climates, sativas are thought to be more energizing. They typically have higher THC and lower CBD. They are associated with daytime use.
Originating in mountainous highlands, these plants are associated with being more calming. They are considered best for nighttime use. They typically have lower THC and higher CBD.
A genetic mixture of indica and sativa, describing most strains available today. These can take the best traits of multiple plants to produce desired effects.