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January 23, 2019

Understand the Language of Cannabis

Mel Perron
4 min

Alcohol Extraction:

The process of stripping the essential oils and trichomes from the marijuana plant by using either ethyl or isopropyl alcohol.

Agitation:

The process of breaking off and harvesting trichomes from the cannabis flower through physical contact.

Bud(s):

Bud is a synonym for the flower of the mature marijuana plant. They are the actual nuggets that you smoke. Buds are the part of the marijuana plant that contain the cannabinoids.

Budder:

A marijuana concentrate that is similar to wax but softer and more pliable. Butter contain 70%+ THC.

Budtender:

A budtender is dispensary employee, similar to a pharmacist, who works behind the counter and showcases the stores different products.

Blasting:

The process of creating hash oil(s) by pushing a solvent through plant material.

Butane:

One of the most popular solvents used in earlier concentrate extraction.

Cannabinoids:

The chemical compounds found in the Cannabis plant that offers a variety of health benefits.

Cannabis:

Indigenous to Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent, cannabis is a genus of flowering plants that includes Cannabis ruderalis, Cannabis sativa, and Cannabis indica.

CBD:

Cannabidiol is one of over 60 molecules called cannabinoids found in marijuana.

Clone:

A clone is a marijuana plant clipping that can be planted and grown, creating a genetic copy of the plant.

CO2 Extraction:

CO2 extraction is the process of pressurizing liquid or gas CO2 to its Critical State, (over 1078 PSI), and passing it through marijuana.

Concentrates:

A concentrate is any type of cannabis product that is refined from flowers into a more purified and potent form.

Cottonmouth:

Cotton mouth is one of the harmless side effects of marijuana. When high, the mouth becomes abnormally dry.

Crossbreeding:

Crossbreeding is when multiple cannabis plants are bred to produce a new strain.

Crystals:

Crystals or trichomes, are the part of the marijuana plant that hold the most THC and are specifically used to make concentrates like kief or hash.

Cure:

Curing is a very important process during the growth of a cannabis plant, which allows for a much higher quality end product.

Dabbing:

Dabbing is the latest method used to consume potent cannabis concentrates like butane hash oil.

Decarboxylation:

Decarboxylation is the process of heating weed at a low temperature to transform “inactive” acid cannabinoids like THCA and CBDA into “active” THC and CBD.

Edibles:

Edibles are marijuana-infused products that are consumed orally.

Eighth:

An eighth of an ounce refers to the typical measurement of marijuana, which equates to 3.5 grams.

Endo:

Endo or “indo” is a word used to describe cannabis that is grown indoors, usually hydroponically.

Flowering Time:

Flowering time references the period in which a plant produces flowers, after the vegetative stage when it’s been actively growing.

Flowers:

The flowers of a cannabis plant refer to the hairy, often sticky bud or parts of the plant that are harvested and used to consume in a variety of marijuana products.

Green Out:

A green out is like an alcohol-induced blackout, but in reference to consuming too much cannabis, usually through edibles or potent dabs.

Grinder:

A grinder is a circular metal, steel or wood device used to breakdown marijuana to make using the flower easier.

Heirloom:

An heirloom strain is a virgin breed of cannabis that hasn’t been mixed or crossbred with another, therefore maintaining its original genetics.

Hemp:

It’s a product that can be commercially produced to make numerous products like paper, rope, food, building materials, fuel and more.

Hybrids:

A hybrid is a cross between two genetically different strains of cannabis.

Hydroponics:

Hydroponics is a popular way to grow marijuana that utilizes a soilless system.

Indica:

Indica is one of the three classifications of cannabis, alongside sativa and ruderalis.

Kief:

Kief is a result of separating trichomes from the marijuana plant.

Kush:

Kush is a specific indica strain of marijuana, thought to have originated from the Hindu Kush mountain range in Afghanistan and Pakistan where it has been cultivated for hundreds of years.

Live Resin:

A term to describe an extraction method where plants are harvested within 48 hours of picking them.

Licensed Facility:

Refers to a MIP that is fully licensed and compliant in its state/province of operation.

Marijuana:

Is a broad word for a plant and its flowers that contain several psychoactive ingredients like THC or CBD.

Medical:

Medical marijuana is a term in reference to the use of cannabis to treat chronic pain, nausea, anxiety, sleep apnea and more.

Medicated:

Being “medicated” is a term similar to being stoned or high.

Phenotype:

Phenotype is a word used to successfully identify a plant’s inherent traits.

Purging:

The process of removing residual solvent from a concentrate.

Recreational:

Recreational drug use is used to intentionally change one’s state of consciousness in order to produce feelings of elation.

Resin:

Resin refers to the trichomes that are used to create hash.

Ruderalis:

Ruderalis is one of the three main variations of cannabis.

Sativa:

Sativa is a shorter, less scientific name for the specific species of cannabis plant.

Shatter:

Shatter is a type of concentrate that is believed to be the purest and most potent type of marijuana product.

Strain:

A cannabis strain is a particular kind of plant species, either in a pure or hybrid variety like sativa or indica found in both the recreational and medical arenas.

Seed-To-Sale:

Single source concentrates that have been created from a company that grows its own flower from seed.

Solvent:

A solvent is just a liquid in which something is dissolved to form a solution.

Terpene:

Terpenes are chemical compounds found in cannabis that produce the distinct flavor and smell of the flower.

THC:

Tetrahydrocannabinol is the most recognized cannabinoid in the marijuana plant, its well-known psychoactive effects, effectively causes someone to feel high.

Tincture:

A tincture is a liquid form of marijuana, typically made from glycerin or alcohol.

Topical:

A cannabis-infused cream, oil, or lotion that is to be applied to the skin.

Trichome:

Trichomes are crystallized glands that produce resin on a marijuana plant.

Trim:

After marijuana plants are mature, they’re harvested within a certain time frame to keep the product fresh.

Terpene Distillation:

The process of isolating and extracting terpenes directly from cannabis flowers through distillation.

Vape Pen:

A vaporizer pen (or vape pen) is a smaller version of a regular vaporizer. It’s portable and typically uses pre-filled cartridges available in varying sizes and types of cannabis.

Vaporizer:

Vaporizers help a user consume marijuana differently than most other methods like a joint or pipe, which often combusts the product.

Vaporization:

A process in concentrate consumption that uses moderate heat to chemically change a solid-form concentrate into an inhalable vapor.

Wax:

Wax is a concentrated form of marijuana that’s created when the plant is dissolved into a solvent.

Whole Plant:

A term describing using the whole plant during extraction.

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