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Not your average Dictionary: The A-Z of CBD

Updated: Apr 16, 2023


It used to be that the only fancy word for weed-based products was adding the word cannabis instead of weed.


But now there are all these new words and terminology. Cannabinoids. Cannabidiol aka CBD. Sativa or Indica cannabis? The endocannabinoid receptor and systems???


Even base words like THC and CBD. Theirs now broad spectrum CBD, full spectrum Cbd. THC-v, THC-O, and the list goes on.


This is why we’ve created this lovely guide to get you started with the basics of cannabinoids.


What are cannabinoids?


Marijuana that is used to make CBD and THC products have compounded on them called cannabinoids.


These cannabinoids interact with our endocannabinoid system, a newly understood part of the human body that, while hypothesized to control many things, is most clearly understood to be responsible for expressing the chemical effects of cannabis-based products.


Here is a helpful glossary of words, you might find in an average google search, or after a chat with old Siri on Cannabinoids.


Glossary of CBD Terms

(Alphabetized A-Z)



Bioavailability: The rate, and speed at which drugs enter your body's circulation. For example, a tincture has a 10-minute digestion period before the first effects kick in, while edibles and gummies need a few hours.


Broad Spectrum: It means that this CBD has all the parts of the cannabis plant (all terpenes and cannabinoids) except THC. Broad-spectrum CBD is a good option for those who want the benefits of full-spectrum CBD without any THC.


Carrier oil: A type of oil used to dilute CBD and make it easier to consume. Common carrier oils include MCT oil, hemp seed oil, and coconut oil.


Certificate of Analysis (COA): A document that provides information on the quality and purity of a CBD product. A COA should be available for all CBD products and should include information on the product's cannabinoid profile, potency, and contaminants.


Delta 8 THC: Delta 8 THC, which is a cannabinoid naturally present in both marijuana and hemp, is also referred to as 8THC, 8, D8, D8 THC, and D8THC. It has the same chemical formula of C21H30O2 and a molar mass of 314.464 g/mol as cannabidiol (CBD) and Delta 9 tetrahydrocannabinol (D9THC).


Dosage: The amount of CBD consumed per serving. Dosage may vary depending on the individual's weight, tolerance, and desired effects.


Edible: A CBD product that is ingested, such as a gummy or capsule. Edibles are typically slower to take effect but can provide longer-lasting relief.


Entourage effect: The theory that the synergistic effect of all the compounds found in the hemp plant, including cannabinoids, terpenes, and other beneficial compounds, can enhance the therapeutic benefits of CBD.


Full Spectrum: CBD product containing all of the naturally occurring cannabinoids, terpenes, and other beneficial compounds found in the hemp plant.


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Hemp: noun, the common word for the Cannabis Sativa plant. Hemp has both THC and CBD compounds though they vary in their genetic origin. A variety of cannabis plant that contains less than 0.3% THC by dry weight, hence why it's used to produce a variety of products, including CBD oil.


Isolate: A pure form of CBD that has been isolated from all other compounds found in the hemp plant. CBD isolate is typically in the form of a white, crystalline powder.


Psychoactive: From a legal perspective any hemp product is considered psychoactive if it has more than a 0.3 concentration of THC. Generally means any hemp product that the producers believe will cause a physio-psychological effect on the user


Terpenes: noun, in most plants terpenes act as the building block for essential oils. When consumed it can provide unique flavors and accents to the taste of the plant. Like the tannins in wine.


Tincture: A concentrated liquid form of CBD that is typically taken sublingually (under the tongue) for faster absorption.


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Topical: A CBD product that is applied directly to the skin. Topicals are typically used for localized relief of pain or inflammation.


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Vape: A CBD product that is inhaled through a vaporizer or e-cigarette. Vaping CBD is a fast-acting method of consumption, but it may not be suitable for everyone due to potential health risks.


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Know your words, know your laws, know yourself, and find the CBD product that works for you.






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