Cannabis Lingo

It can seem like a lot to understand when it comes to terminology and verbiage for newcomers into the world of cannabis. Cannabis has some shade around its name because of THC, but not all cannabis has THC only marijuana plants. Cannabis is to marijuana as citrus is to lemons. Citrus is lemons and oranges as Cannabis is to hemp and marijuana. It can be a bit overwhelming and confusing but, with the right guidance and education from a cannabis sales expert or quality website, you can make a more informed decision.

It’s important to know what kind of product you’re looking for and what your different options are to best fit your desires. Here are some words and definitions that are commonly used in the industry that can make you more informed.

  • Cannabis also is a medicinal plant that has been used for food, fiber, fuel and has been used to help many illnesses for the last 12,000 years. 
  • Hemp is the cousin of marijuana and a strain of cannabis. Hemp is mostly grown for industrial reasons. It is rich in fiber and the cannabinoid CBD. The Industrial Hemp Farm Bill Act of 2018, cannabis is considered to be hemp as long as it’s under 0.3% in THC.
  • Marijuana is high in THC and grown for it recreational purposes
  • The Endocannabinoid system (ECS) is one of our body’s systems just like our skeletal system, muscular system,  and reproductive system, etc. This system is built of areas called neurotransmitters by the nervous system that respond with your health and other natural factors. It regulates all over the body including functions such as sleep, mood, immune system metabolism and much more.
  • Cannabinoids are compounds found in the cannabis or (hemp) plant and a few other similar plants called phytocannabinoids. This is responsible for most of the health benefits of cannabis.
  • Cannabidiol (CBD) is the second most used and produced for its non-psychoactive use for treating anxiety, depression, inflammation, and elliptic seizures. CBD helps with many aliments and treats a variety of illnesses.
  • Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a compound/cannabinoid bread for recreational and medical marijuana dispensaries in legal states. The THC and the delta 9 THC causes a psychoactive feeling of euphoria.
  • Entourage Effect is the theory that the compounds derived from cannabis work together more effectively when taken at one time rather than apart.  
  • Terpenes are the aromatic flavonoids that represent the smell, taste and enhance some effects of the cannabis plant. There is a wide range of terpene profiles form in nature. Terpenes are found all over from perfumes to wine but in the cannabis world, there is much to know about this sticky compound.




The classification of hemp products is sometimes not always clear or misrepresented.

The 4th Party Tested program that supports this site defines the three classes as.

  • Full-spectrum means that the cannabis product contains all its original compounds or cannabinoids processed including THC.
  • Broad-spectrum is when the cannabis product has been stripped of all THC and left with the rest of the cannabinoids such as the CBD, CBC, CBG and so on.
  • Isolate is when the cannabis plant has been completely stripped by removing all the cannabinoids except for one. To produce cannabis isolate products.