banger: used for dabbing; a quartz bucket that is attached to a rig and heated to vaporize concentrates

bud: the part of a cannabis plant that is dried and used for consumption 

budder: a form of cannabis concentrate made with resin; created when shatter is heated and whipped

cannabinoids: compounds that support your endocannabinoid system, created both by your body and in the cannabis plant; includes THC, CBD, anandamide, 2-AG, and more

cannabis: a plant genus from which marijuana, hemp, and cannabinoid related products originate

caregiver: a person responsible for managing the well-being of a qualified patient; has been authorized by the state to purchase or grow cannabis for up to 3 patients

caryophyllene: a terpene with a spicy, peppery, woody aroma that produces relaxing effects

CBD: cannabidiol; a cannabinoid found in cannabis plants that does not produce psychotropic/intoxicating effects

CO2 oil: a form of cannabis concentrate made with carbon dioxide gas; often used in vape pens, edibles, tinctures, and topicals 

concentrates: cannabis that has had its most beneficial parts extracted and "concentrated" into a potent form

dabbing: using a heated banger or nail to vaporize cannabis concentrate; not recommended for new consumers

dabs: concentrates that are used specifically for dabbing

decarboxylation: the process of modifying cannabinoids through heat; typically done to "activate" the psychotropic effects of THC before making edibles or tinctures 

distillate: a form of cannabis concentrate made by further refining a resin or CO2 oil to separate individual cannabinoids

edibles: any cannabis product meant to be eaten; food infused with cannabis

endocannabinoids: cannabinoids produced naturally by the body, such as anandamide and 2-AG

endocannabinoid system: the system that keeps all of your other systems in balance with one another as you encounter stress throughout your daily life

entourage effect: a theory stating that all the compounds in cannabis (terpenes, cannabinoids, etc) work best when used together

extract: a form of cannabis concentrate

flower: the part of a cannabis plant that is dried and used for consumption

hash / hashish: a form of cannabis concentrate created by compressing kief

hemp: a cannabis plant with less than 0.3% THC; the Farm Bill of 2018 removed hemp from the list of Schedule I drugs 

hybrid: refers to a cannabis plant that has a mixture of both indica and sativa genetics; most cannabis strains are now hybrids 

indica: a species of the cannabis plant with broad leaves and shorter stems; historically, indica plants had terpenes with more relaxing and sedating properties

kief: the resinous glands found on cannabis that are rich in cannabinoids and terpenes; these can fall off of the plant and are collected to be used separately

limonene: a terpene with a citrus, sweet, tangy, bitter aroma that produces stimulating effects

linalool: a terpene with a floral, sweet, citrusy aroma that produces relaxing effects

live resin: a resin created from plant material that was frozen immediately after harvest; this keeps it fresh to create a different terpene and cannabinoid profile

marijuana: a cannabis plant with more than 0.3% THC; this plant is still listed as a Schedule I drug by the United States' federal government

microdosing: the process of using a small amount of cannabis; can be used to evaluate how cannabis is affecting you before consuming more to avoid overdosing

mucosal delivery: refers to the method of consumption where medicine is absorbed through a mucous membrane, such as the mouth, vagina, or rectum

myrcene: a terpene with an earthy, musky, and slightly fruity aroma that produces relaxing effects

nail: used for dabbing; a metal piece that is attached to a rig and heated to vaporize concentrates

oil: may refer to concentrates or tinctures with an oil base

oral mucosa: the mucous membrane lining the inside of the mouth

organic: any plant that has been grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides; because cannabis is not federally legal, the USDA will not yet certify marijuana as organic

phytocannabinoids: cannabinoids produced by plants such as cannabis, including THC, CBD and many more

pinene: a terpene with a sharp, pine aroma that produces stimulating effects

psychotropic: a substance that affects your mental state, producing "intoxicating" or "high" effects

psychoactive: a substance that affects the brain; includes non-psychotropic cannabinoids such as CBD as well as caffeine and alcohol  

resin: a form of cannabis concentrate made with a solvent such as butane; the solvent dissolves the plant's active ingredients and is then evaporated to leave a resin 

rig: a tool used for dabbing; often looks like a small water pipe

rosin: a form of cannabis concentrate created by applying heat and pressure to flower, kief, or hash

sativa: a species of the cannabis plant with narrow leaves and longer stems; historically, sativa plants had terpenes with more uplifting and energizing properties

shatter: a form of cannabis concentrate made with resin; created with intense heat and pressure

strain: refers to the genetics of a cannabis plant, including its cannabinoid and terpene profiles

sublingual: refers to using an extract under the tongue for absorption through the oral mucosa

terpenes: the compounds that give plants their smell and flavor; when it comes to cannabis, terpenes determine the type of effects a certain strain will have

terpinolene: a terpene with a fresh, sharp, diesel aroma that produces stimulating effects

THC: tetrahydrocannabinol; a cannabinoid found in cannabis plants responsible for producing psychotropic or "high" effects

tincture: a liquid extract; often placed under the tongue for mucosal delivery

topicals: anything applied to the surface of the skin such as creams, balms, salves, oils, lotions, etc; typically used for localized relief and does not reach the bloodstream unless labeled "transdermal"

transdermal: an extract designed to be absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin such as patches, gels, etc 

vaporizing: warming plant material to release its beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes before inhaling

wax: a variation of budder

water pipe: also known as a "bong," this is a device used for smoking cannabis flower; filters smoke through water for a less harsh experience

winterization: removal of waxes found in resin

Kristen Williams
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