This CBD Dictionary is to help everyone have a basic understanding of common CBD terms. These terms will help you become a knowledgeable shopper for CBD product in your local dispensary.
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Cannabidiol–CBD stands of cannabidiol, a chemical compound found in hemp and cannabis plants. It is what they extract from either plant is an oily substance called CBD Oil. CBD Oil and CBD are used interchangeably. Many people believe CBD has many potential medical benefits and some proven ones. The legal issue comes from another compound named tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Any CBD product cannot contain over the legal limit of 0.3 percent. If it does, it’s illegal. There are many choices of CBD products that have less THC to THC Free for you to choose from at your local dispensary.
Cannabis – Cannabis a plant family with two primary classifications — Indica and Sativa. The most famous member is marijuana can be in either the Indica or Sativa families, Hemp is a member of the Cannabis Sativa family. The main active ingredient in cannabis plants is called THC. This is what gives the “high.”
Cannabinoid– One of a group of chemical compounds found in cannabis plant family which acts upon cannabinoid receptors in the body. CBD is one of many cannabinoids.
Carrier Oil– The type of oil CBD is dissolved in. CBD isn’t naturally water soluble, so it must be dissolved in a carrier oil like coconut oil, MCT oil, and olive oil to be delivered in a liquid form. Like a in a tincture.
CB1 Receptors– Cannabinoid receptors found in the brain and other areas of the body. They are commonly associated with mood and pain sensation.
CB2 Receptors– Cannabinoid receptors found throughout the body that are commonly associated with inflammation and immune response.
CBD– Known as cannabidiol. CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid, is found in the cannabis plant family that hemp and marijuana belong. Many people believe CBD promotes restful sleep, supports normal cartilage and joint function, relieves occasional nausea, enhances relaxation, and more. The many cannabinoid receptors in the body, like CB1 and CB2, react to CBD.
CBD Edibles– Food product infused with CBD. Edibles can include capsules, gummies, syrups and more.
CBD Isolate– CBD refined into its purest form without other cannabinoids like THC.
CBD Oil– CBD derived extracted from cannabis plants.
CBD Topicals– CBD products applied externally on the skin. Topicals can include salves, balms, creams, lotions, pain rubs, lotions, and creams.
CBD Vape Oil– A CBD product made to be used by a vape device to be inhaled. Not recommended to take any other way. Often called CBD Oil, but it is not same. Commonly called CBD Vape Oil, CBD Vape Liquid or CBD Oil Vape Juice.
Certificate of Analysis– A document from a lab that shows the overall findings of lab testing and confirms the accuracy of the information. If you question what you’re buying you can ask your dispensary for a copy.
CO2 Extraction– A method of isolating CBD from Hemp or Marijuana plants. It uses an extraction machine that freezes and compresses CO2 into a “supercritical” cold liquid state. When supercritical CO2 is passed through the plant, so the pure essential oils can be extracted. A superior method for isolating CBD extract in purest form. Know as Winterization also.
Endocannabinoid– Are the naturally occurring cannabinoids made within our bodies.
Endocannabinoid System (ECS)– The biological system composed of the cannabinoid cell receptors and endocannabinoids in your body. Those are responsible for maintaining homeostasis and bodily functions like mood, appetite, sleep cycle, pain sensation and immune response. Endocannabinoids and receptors are found in various areas in the body: brain, connective tissues, organs, glands, and immune cells.
Entourage Effect– The concept that compounds present in cannabis plant family work together to cause a greater effect than they would individually. When compounds are kept to called Full Spectrum. For example, under this concept CBD Isolate would not work as well as Full Spectrum.
Epidiolex– First Cannabis drug approved by the FDA. Used to treat two severe forms of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.
Full Spectrum– The extraction process when CBD and other cannabinoids, THC, and terpenes are kept in from plant.
Hemp– A member of the Cannabis Sativa plant species. Hemp contains more CBD than THC. Also known as Industrial Hemp. Used in the health, clothing, home building, automobile, paper and plastic industries.
Hemp Extract– Hemp Extract is full spectrum CBD.
Hemp Oil– Oil extracted from the seeds of Hemp plants. Hemp oil is not the same as CBD Oil. But used interchangeably with CBD Oil.
High Potency– Products with a high concentration of CBD and measured in mg/ml.
Sublingually– A CBD is administered under the tongue. To directly absorb CBD into the bloodstream through the blood vessels beneath your tongue.
Terpene– Organic compounds found in cannabis. Many terpenes have a strong smell and can cause specific effects when taken.
THC– Short for Tetrahydrocannabinol is the main psychoactive chemical of cannabis plant family. Legal limit of THC is 0.3% or less. Can produce a “high” or feeling of intoxication.
Third-Party Lab Testing– Having a CBD product examined by an independent team of experts to verify its ingredients, potency level, purity levels and more.
Tincture– CBD dissolved within an oil or another carrier. Tinctures are often dispensed sublingually, with an eyedropper to place the solution beneath the tongue. Tinctures may be added into drinks or recipes.
Psychoactive Substance- A chemical substance that alters the function of the brain and creates an alteration in perception, consciousness or mood.
Pet CBD Oil– CBD tincture products specifically for domestic animals like dogs and cats with flavoring.
Marijuana– Marijuana is a Cannabis plant known for its psychoactive high concentrations of the properties of THC. Also known as weed.
Whole Plant Extract– Another way of calling CBD full spectrum. The extraction process when CBD and other cannabinoids, THC, and terpenes are kept in from plant. The opposite of CBD isolates.
Winterization– Extraction process that further purifies a hemp extract from full spectrum into CBD isolate. It is a clean and safe method involving freezing to removing waxes additional phytonutrients such as terpenes. This is important for vaping. Vaping doesn’t get hot enough to burn away the wax, so it is inhaled into the lungs.