Cannabis 101

Common Cannabis Terms You Should Know

Cannabis wax – referred to as budder – is a cannabis concentrate that has the consistency of ear wax. It is generally made from extracting butane — hence the name Butane Hash Oil, or BHO. In its final stages, the butane is pushed through the cannabis plant material, leaching out all of the essential oils for usage.

Cannabis, also known as the marijuana plant, is a nature plant that includes three species or subspecies, sativa, indica, and ruderalis. The main strains of this plant fall under Indica plant, and Sativa plant. Cannabis is often consumed for its psychoactive and physiological effects, which can include heightened mood or euphoria, relaxation, and an increase in appetite.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-psychoactive one of the main components in the cannabis plant. CBD helps to reduce nausea and vomiting, suppresses seizure activity, combats inflammation disorders, and combats neurodegenerative effects. Cbd is an appealing option for patients – who suffer from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures – who want to suppress some medical disorders, but want to not experience the psychoactive feeling.

Concentrates are a more potent consolidation of cannabinoids. They are made by dissolving marijuana in its plant form, into a solvent. The resulting product contains very high THC levels (generally more than flowers or hashish). Concentrates can produce varying products that range from thick sticky oils, to moldable budders and waxes.

A dab is a slang term, that is used to refer to a dose of BHO received through butane combustion and inhalation.

Edibles are foods that have been infused with cannabis and are intended for consumption. Most commonly they are cookies, brownies, drinks, breads, and candies as well. Consuming edibles has a different effect on the body, which usually takes about 45 minutes to start actively affecting the body and breaking into active compounds. They take longer to affect the body, but they also last longer than inhalation because they need to be absorbed through the digestive system and stay in the system for a while.

Hash is a short term for hashish, which is derived from cannabis plants and can be used for consumption or medication. The typical production involves the removal of the plant’s trichomes by sieving or filtering.

Hydroponics is a form of growing, that does not use typical soil and natural sun for growth. Plants are generally grown in larger volumes of water to increase the maturity and production of the plants.

Kief is a collected amount of trichomes that have been separated from the rest of the marijuana flower and left in a powdery substance.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most well-known and prominent cannabinoid in cannabis plants. THC is the main component in cannabis that is responsible for the psychoactive effects, or the “high.”

Medical Marijuana Science

Cannabis Science is one of the fastest moving frontiers medicinal sciences in the world. The pharmacology behind it has been accelerated by the realization that we’re all, already marinated in cannabis-like molecules (endocannabinoids) and their receptors.

Endocannabinoids help regulate many physiological processes such as your mood, memory, appetite, pain, immune function, metabolism, and bone growth to name a few. Consuming cannabis also modulates this endocannabinoid system in many ways. And the effects can be benevolent, although sometimes problematic.

Understanding the science behind cannabis is a key factor in being able to fully enjoy its medicinal value.

People have been using Cannabis as medicine for thousands of years. The plant has also been widely used clothing, fuel, food, fiber, and medicine.

Cannabis contains more than 120 different cannabinoid molecules. But, as far as we know, only one gets you high: THC. The plant itself contains a huge amount of cerebral, non-psychoactive, non-intoxicating THC cousins with emerging medicinal potential. Their abbreviated names are often: CBD, CBG, THC-V, CBC, and CBN to mention a few.

Data last updated 12/09/2019