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The cannabis glossary is a collection of terms and phrases related to the cannabis plant and its use. When educating yourself about cannabis, it can become a minefield which is why we've simplified the process.

Cannabis Glossary A – Z


Airflow fanes: In an indoor cultivation facility, airflow fans facilitate air exchange. These are not exhaust fans.

Airflow management: In indoor cultivation facilities, airflow management reduces humidity and condensation to prevent mold and mildew.


Bong: A bong is a marijuana water pipe, available in many sizes and shapes, usually made of glass.

Bud: The bud is the actual cannabis flower, also known as marijuana.

Bubbler: Similar to a bong, its a smoking device that uses water to filter smoke.


Cannabis: Also known as marijuana, weed, pot, Mary Jane and ganja. It can be smoked, dabbed on the skin and even eaten.

CBD (Cannabidiol): In cannabinoids, CBD refers to cannabidiol, an element with very low potency that is considered effective for medical purposes without causing psychoactive effects.

Concentrates: Cannabis concentrate is a tetrahydrocannabinol and/or cannabidiol concentrated mass. Normally very high in THC levels that range from 40% to over 90%, they are made from the concentrated cannabinoids and terpenes found in marijuana flower.

Cartridge: Cannabis cartridges come in a variety of formats, they are small containers prefilled with cannabis extracts.


Dabbing: An alternative way to absorb cannabis is to use a dab, its like wax and you literally dab small amounts on your skin.

Decarboxylation: The process used to decarb cannabis before using it within edibles. The No 1 reason for decarboxylate “decarb” is to ensure when you cook the weed, you do not lose its cannabis effects. Cannabinoids, such as THC, are inactive until they are heated (decarboxylated). Once heated, the molecular structure shifts and turns inactive compounds into active cannabinoids that can get you high.

Dispensary: A retail store where you can buy cannabis legally.

Delta-8 THC: Delta-8 is an intoxicating molecule that can be easily converted from CBD.


Edibles: A popular alternative to smoking weed are cannabis edibles, which could be anything from cannabis brownies, chocolate, milk to ice cream!.

Eighth: An eighth (⅛) is a measurement of cannabis weight, its equivalent to 3.5 grams.


Flower: Cannabis flowering buds that are rich in cannabinoids.

Full spectrum: Extracts of cannabis that havent been isolated.



Hash: Hask aka Hashish, is a drug made by compressing and processing parts of the cannabis plant, typically focusing on flower buds that contain the most trichomes.

Hemp: The sativa plants that contain little THC <0.3%. They are tall, stalky plants and used to make CBD isolates.

Hybrid: A hybrid strain is a mix of cannabis strains from the Sativa and Indica family that have been selectively crossbred or hybridized. Some Hybrid strains are bred to include Ruderalis for the speedy growth pattern and improved healing properties, such as CBD. 


Indica: Indica (also known as cannabis Indica) is a word to describe a type of cannabis. It can be found in Central Asia but the most popular places for its growth are Pakistan, India, and Afghanistan. Generally, it’s consumed by people to help reduce pain and insomnia. The strain induces a calming “body high,” which produces relaxation and relief from a sleep disorder such as insomnia.

Isolate: A purified individual cannabinoid in a crystalline solid or powder that is created through the chromatography process. Isolate contains only pure isolated cannabinoids.


Joint: A popular term, they are rolled cigarettes containing cannabis instead of tobacco.




Marijuana: Also known as cannabis, weed, pot, is a psychoactive drug from the cannabis plant. Native to Central or South Asia, the cannabis plant has been used as a drug for both recreational and entheogenic purposes and in various traditional medicines for centuries

Medical marijuana/cannabis:  is cannabis and cannabinoids that are prescribed by physicians for their patients, it is known to help psoriasis, headaches, migraines, asthma and more.




Pipes: Used to smoke marijuana through a glass pipe.

Pot: Also known as cannabis, marijuana, mary jane.

Potency: Identifies the strength and the THC %.

Purity: The THC ratio compared to other additives.




Sativa: Sativa is an important strain of cannabis that has been used in medicine and recreational uses for centuries. Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus first identified the Sativa Plant in 1753, wearing its medicinal uses began around a century ago. Sativa causes a “feeling of high” that is great for concentration, focus, stress relief, and anxiety.

Skunk: Also known as cannabis, weed, pot.


THC: THC aka tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis that is responsible for the “high” effects.

Topicals: Cannabis products that are converted into lotions and creams that can be applied to the skin.



Vape pens: A vape pen is a battery-operated device attached to a cartridge filled with concentrate. No smoke is created as they do not burn cannabis, they vaporize it.

Vaping: A “vape,” or electronic cigarette, is a device that heats up cannabis to create a vapor you inhale.


Weed: Also known as cannabis, skunk, pot.




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