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Words to Know if You're New to Cannabis

Here is a glossary of terms that are helpful to know if you're new to cannabis, so it doesn't feel so daunting to make that first trip to your local dispensary.  

1) Butane Hash Oil (BHO)
A concentrate created when butane is used to extract THC from cannabis.  

2) Bong
A device used to filter cannabis smoke.  Still largely clouded in stigma.  

3) Bud
Slang term for cannabis flowers, the portion of the plant that is ground up and smoked.  

4) Cannabinoid
Cannabis molecules that have been identified, such as CBD, CBG, CBN and THC.  More than 140 different cannabinoids have been isolated.  

5) CBD
CBD stands for cannabinoid.  It has a calming and anti-inflammatory properties.  It is nonpsychotropic.  

6) CO2 Extraction
Method of extracting cannabinoids from cannabis leaves that uses pressurized carbon dioxide.  The end product is said to be superior to BHO extracts.  

7) Concentrates
A consolidation of cannabinoids made by dissolving cannabis with a solvent, resulting in a product with high THC concentrations.  

8) Crystals
The portion of the cannabis plant that contains the highest THC concentrations.  

9) Dabbing
A method of cannabis oil consumption that involves heating small amounts of product so you can inhale the vaporizer.  

10) Dugout
A small with wooden box with two chambers:  one for cannabis hits and one for storage.   

11) Edibles
Any food product containing cannabis.  With THC, edibles result in more of a body high than a mind trip.  Read how to have a safe trip with edibles.  

12) Endo 
High quality cannabis that is cured by hanging it upside down. 

13) Entourage Effect
The idea that the compounds found in a strain of cannabis work together synergistically to produce the most therapeutic effect. 

14) Full Spectrum
A type of extract that includes all cannabinoids and terpenes.  

15) Isolate
As opposed to full spectrum, an isolate product contains just one cannabinoid.  

16) Glass
A general term for the glass pipes or bongs used to smoke cannabis. 

17) Haze
A sativa dominant cannabis strain known for high THC concentrations. 

18) Hemp
This describes industrial hemp used for fibre and versions of cannabis that have under 0.3% THC. 

19) Sublingual
A cannabis delivery method where a product, usually a tincture or oral strip is placed under the tongue.  

20) Percolator
A bong accessory/add-on that cools cannabis smoke.

21) Terpene
Are found in several organic compounds, including cannabis.  They are part of the plants' flavonoids that create smell and taste.  

22) THC
Short for tetrahydrocannabinol, the cannabinoid that gets you high.  

23) Topical
Cannabis-infused products that you apply to your skin, such as balms, salves, lotions, or creams.  Read if applying THC to your skin will get you high.  

24) Tincture
A liquid extraction that has been infused with cannabis.  Glycerine, alcohol, or oil are often used as the solvent.  They are popular sublingually.  

This article is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.

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