A cannabis dictionary is a huge help to anyone looking into using it. Cannabis is not something you want to start using without knowing what or how to do so.
It is imperative that you know what you’re talking about and what key terms are important long before you reach a dispensary.
Our goal today is to enlighten you as to the importance of the cannabis dictionary, as well as provide you with some basic cannabis-related dictionary definitions.
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Our definitions are designed to be informative and casual, so don’t expect to find the same droll word explanations you see in your typical dictionary.
Let’s get right into it, shall we?
Reasons You Should Use a Cannabis Dictionary
#1 – You Should Know What You are Buying
There are hundreds of different forms of cannabis, all of which have different uses and recommended dosages.
You can’t just buy a random amount of a random cannabis strain, then take a random dose and expect good results.
Knowing the basic terminology will help you determine what type of blend you need and aid you in discussing such things with the seller.
#2 – You Should Know When You’re being Swindled
Not all sellers are honest when it comes to what they are selling. Cannabis dispensaries are no different.
If you know nothing about the product you wish to buy, how can you know if you’re being overcharged or not?
Learn the terms in order to understand what you are looking for as well as to aid you in determining the worth of each strain based on what it contains. This will severely limit the risks of being overcharged for your chosen cannabis strain.
#3 – You’ll Better Determine What Blend is Best for You
Now that you know what is in each strain and how much they are worth, you can also determine which one is most beneficial to you.
Assuming your purpose for using cannabis is medical, you likely have very specific symptoms that you want to be treated. Some common symptoms that various forms of cannabis help with are as follows:
- Poor Concentration
There are a few other symptoms as well, but these are the most common. Certain chemicals in each cannabis strain specifically target these symptoms. Every strain is different.
Armed with your new knowledge, you should be able to determine what strain will help with your condition before even asking the seller about them. This will also help as you can determine if the seller knows what they’re talking about by verifying it with your own knowledge.
Basic Cannabis Dictionary Definitions
A real cannabis dictionary will have hundreds more terms than what we are about to look into. That being said, the terms we are looking into now are the main basic terms that you need to know about.
We highly suggest looking into more advanced terms after checking these out. However, you need to start somewhere, don’t you?
Take a look!
- Flower – Main part of the plant used in cannabis strains. Tends to contain more cannabinoids than other parts of the plant.
- Strain – A term used to describe or identify specific variations of a cannabis blend.
- Indica – A short, bushy cannabis species renowned for its mellow, relaxing effects.
- Sativa – A tall cannabis species renowned for its energy-giving effects.
- Hybrid – A cannabis species containing both Indica and Sativa blends. A hybrid can contain varying levels of each. Check the Indica-Sativa ratio to determine how much of each is in the strain you are looking into.
- Genetics – The various genes given by the parent plants that determine a strain’s smell, flavor, and effects.
- Pre-roll – A joint or cigarette that has already been rolled for you.
- Breeder – Someone who grows cannabis with the intent to create new, unique strains.
- Cannabinoid – Chemical compounds that contribute to the effects on your body and mind. Cannabinoids directly influence your brain receptors, resulting in various different effects. There are more than 100 different cannabinoids.
- THC – Typically, the primary psychoactive ingredient in most strains of cannabis. Primarily impacts your mood. THC stands for Tetrahydrocannabinol.
- THCA – The raw form of THC, also known as tetrahydrocannabinol acid. THCA is non-psychoactive, but changes to THC as the plant dries.
- CBD – The primary ingredient found in medical cannabis. CBD is not psychoactive, but it does relieve many unsettling conditions, such as the ones mentioned above. Typically, medical cannabis contains a high level of CBD and only a small amount of THC. CBD stands for Cannabidiol.
- CBDA – The raw form of CBD, also known as Cannabidiol acid. CBDA can alleviate nausea and also converts to CBD as the plant dries.
- CBN – Commonly produced when THC is overheated due to light exposure. The primary function of CBN is to help with sleeping and muscle spasms, though we do not yet fully understand the full effects of it. CBN stands for Cannabinol.
- CBG – Commonly found in hemp, CBG has been known to prevent tumors from forming. More study is needed to fully understand CBG, but the results speak for themselves. CBG stands for Cannabigerol.
- Curing – The drying process of cannabis that results in the changes of THCA and CBDA into THC and CBD.
- Clones – Roots that have been taken from an active plant and replanted rather than grown from a seed. Clones will always produce the same strain that the root was taken from.
- Edibles – Food and/or drink that has been infused with cannabinoids.
- Terpenes – Organic compounds produced by a variety of plants that alter the shape, smell, and taste of the cannabis blend.
- Concentrates – Cannabis strains with a highly potent rate of either THC or CBD, if not both.
Go Forth and Research Some More!
We’re glad to have taught you a bit more about the basics to do with cannabis. However, as previously stated, this isn’t enough for you to be properly informed.
It is important that you know as much as possible about what you are consuming. Make sure you look for a proper cannabis dictionary and study the terminology as best you can.
Good luck to you all!