Are you new to the cannabis industry? Looking to learn about the cannabis plant but don’t know where to start? Confused by all the cannabis lingo? This week, we’re providing you with definitions to some of the most common industry terms.

 

Aroma

A term used to describe the smell or taste of a specific cannabis flower or strain. Keep in mind, aroma descriptions typically differ from person to person, so consider it a general guideline.

 

Cannabinoids

Chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant that interact with the human body’s cannabinoid receptors. As a result, they can produce various effects on the body such as pain or anxiety relief. The two most popular cannabinoids are THC and CBD (which we will explain later in the blog).

 

CBD (Cannabidiol)

One of the main cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. CBD is non toxicating. It is best known for relieving anxiety, inflammation and many other medical ailments. CBD interacts with different receptors throughout the brain and body that help regulate things like adenosine, serotonin and vanilloid. These receptors help the body produce dopamine (which regulates mood, memory and pain perception) and glutamate (which helps with brain cognitive function in the body).

 

Concentrates

A potent amalgamation of cannabinoids. Concentrates are made by dissolving plant-form cannabis into a solvent. As a result, these products have very high THC levels and can be made into various products such as budder, shatter or hash.

 

Hybrid

A plant that is genetically crossed between two different cannabis strains.

 

Indica

Indica, named by Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, was used to describe the psychoactive plant varieties discovered in India. Here, the plant was harvested for seeds, fibre and hashish production. The term “indica” is used to describe short, stout, broad-leaf plants with a short flowering cycle. People looking for relaxing, physically sedating results typically turn to indica strains.

 

Sativa

Sativa, named by Carl Linneaus, was used to describe hemp plants found in Europe and Western Eurasia, where the plant was used for its fiber and seeds. The term “sativa” is used to describe tall, narrow-leaf plants with a longer flowering cycle. Those looking for an uplifting, cerebral, creative experience tend to lean toward a sativa cannabis strain.

 

Strain

A specific variety of cannabis plant. Different strains are created to make distinct traits in plants, that all allow specific desired outcomes when consuming. Strains are usually named by their original breeders based on their promised “buzz.”

 

THC

The most prominent cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. THC (or Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol) provides a more psychoactive experience. It can also make you feel hungry, and relieve feelings of physical pain.

 

Terpenes

Terpenes can be defined as aromatic compounds found in the essential oils of plants and fruits. Different terpenes can make you feel stimulated, sedated, relaxed and so much more, depending on which ones you use.

 

Trichome

The resin production glands of the cannabis plant. Cannabinoids are all produced within these glands.  They also feature small, sticky protrusions called crystals.

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