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Cannabis Terminologies

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Cannabis Terminologies

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Possessing an in-depth understanding of industry-specific terminology is imperative for success in the cannabis sector. Mastery of essential concepts, spanning marketing, advertising, and legal compliance, empowers you with the critical knowledge required to excel in this dynamic and rapidly expanding field.

Equally crucial is maintaining vigilance over the ever-evolving regulatory landscape. Staying abreast of the latest legislative developments and local legal frameworks ensures that your business remains consistently compliant and operates seamlessly.

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4/20
7/10
Category “A” Flower
Category “A/B” Flower Mix
Aeroponics
Appraisal
Aquaponics
Alcohol Extraction
Autoflower
Category “B” Flower Mix
Backcross
Bananas
Blunt
Bract
Bract-to-leaf ratio
Branch
Broad-spectrum
Bubble hash
Bucking
Buds
Budtender/Sales Associate
Butane
Butane Hash Oil (BHO) / Wax
Butane Hash Oil Extraction
Cannabichromene (CBC)
Cannabidiol (CBD)
Cannabigerol (CBG)
Cannabinoid
Cannabinoid Profile
Cannabinoid ratios
Cannabinoids
Cannabinol (CBN)
Cannabis
What are popular terms for weed?
Cannabis / Dispensary POS Software
Cannabis Digital Marketing
Cannabis flowers
Cannabutter
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Extracting
CB1 & CB2 Receptors
Certificate of Grade
Chemotype
Clone
Closed-Loop Extraction
CO2 Oil
Cola
Concentrate(s)
Cross (genetics)
Cultivar
Curing
Dab(s)/Dabbing
Decarboxylation
Delta 9 (Δ-9) Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)
Distillate
Distillate vape concentrate
Doctor’s recommendations
Dronabinol (Marinol)
Dry Drum Trimmed
Dry Scissor trimmed
Drying
Edible(s)
Endocannabinoid system
Endogenous Cannabinoid
Entourage Effect
Environment
Exit bag
Extract(s)
Extract material
Extraction
Fair market certification
Fan leaf
Fanning
Feminized seed
Flavonoids
Flower
Flowering
Flowering Time
Flushing
Full extract cannabis oil (FECO)
Full spectrum
Genotype
Germination
Graded
Greenhouse
Grow
Hash/Hash Oil
Heirloom
Hemp
Hermaphrodite
Honey Oil
Hoop house
Hybrid
Hydroponics
Illicit Market / Black Market
Indica
Indoor
Isolate
Joint
Kief
Landrace
Larf
Light deprivation
Live Resin
Live resin vape concentrate
Machine Wet Trimmed
Macronutrients
Manicuring
Manufacturer
Marijuana
Methods of ingestion
METRC
Micronutrients
Multi-State Operator (MSO)
Mycotoxin
Natural Nutrients
Outdoor
Pharmaceutical Cannabinoid
Phenotype
Photoperiod
Phytocannabinoid Cannabinoid
Pistils
Popcorn buds
Propane
Quality attributes
Quality-verified
Relative humidity (RH)
Residual solvent
Retailer
Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)
Rig
Rooting
Rosin
Ruderalis
Sativa
Seed-to-Sale
Seed-to-Sale Software
SEO (Search Engine Optimization)
Shake
Shatter
Soil
Stamen
Stem
Stigma
Strain
Sugar leaf
Synthetic Cannabinoid
Synthetic/Supplemental nutrients
Terpenes
tetrahydrocannabinolic-acid (THCa)
Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)
Tinctures
Topical
Trichomes
Trim
Untrimmed
Vape Cartridge
Vape pen
Vaporizer
Vegetative growth
Water-soluble cannabinoids
Wax

4/20

A term often used to refer to the consumption of cannabis, especially around April 20th (4/20) or at 4:20 PM, which has become a significant date and time for cannabis culture.

7/10

Another cannabis culture term, representing July 10th, which is recognized as a day to celebrate cannabis concentrates, as “710” spells “OIL” when upside down.

Category “A” Flower

High-quality cannabis flowers that are typically well-trimmed, potent, and aesthetically pleasing.

Category “A/B” Flower Mix

A combination of high-quality (Category A) and slightly lower-quality (Category B) cannabis flowers.

Aeroponics

A method of growing plants where the roots are suspended in the air and misted with a nutrient solution, used in cannabis cultivation for its efficiency and effectiveness.

Appraisal

The process of assessing the value, quality, or potency of cannabis or cannabis products.

Aquaponics

A system combining aquaculture (raising fish) with hydroponics (growing plants in water), where the fish waste provides nutrients for the cannabis plants.

Alcohol Extraction

A method of extracting cannabinoids and other compounds from the cannabis plant using alcohol as a solvent.

Autoflower

A type of cannabis plant that automatically begins flowering based on age rather than light cycle, typically maturing faster than photoperiod plants.

Category “B” Flower Mix

Cannabis flowers of slightly lower quality than Category A, often used for extracts or pre-rolls.

Backcross

The process of breeding a hybrid cannabis plant with one of its parents to stabilize desired traits.

Bananas

Slang for the male flowers that can appear on female cannabis plants, indicating hermaphroditism and potential pollination issues.

Blunt

A cannabis cigar rolled with tobacco leaf paper, usually larger than a joint.

Bract

Small, leaf-like structures that house the female cannabis plant’s reproductive organs and, when fertilized, contain seeds.

Bract-to-leaf ratio

The ratio of bracts to leaves on a cannabis plant, used to assess the plant’s quality and yield potential.

Branch

A part of the cannabis plant extending from the main stem, supporting leaves, and buds.

Broad-spectrum

Cannabis extracts that contain a wide range of cannabinoids and terpenes but are free of THC.

Bubble hash

A cannabis concentrate made using ice water and agitation to separate trichomes from plant material.

Bucking

The process of removing cannabis buds from the stems after harvesting and before trimming.

Buds

The flowers of the cannabis plant, which are harvested and consumed for their high cannabinoid content.

Budtender/Sales Associate

A person who works at a cannabis dispensary and assists customers with selecting products.

Butane

A hydrocarbon solvent used in the extraction of cannabinoids to produce cannabis concentrates like BHO.

Butane Hash Oil (BHO) / Wax

A cannabis concentrate made using butane extraction, known for its potency and often referred to as wax, shatter, or crumble.

Butane Hash Oil Extraction

The process of using butane as a solvent to extract cannabinoids and terpenes from cannabis plant material.

Cannabichromene (CBC)

A non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, believed to have anti-inflammatory and pain-relief properties.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

A non-psychoactive cannabinoid known for its potential therapeutic benefits, including anti-inflammatory and anxiolytic effects.

Cannabigerol (CBG)

A non-psychoactive cannabinoid that is a precursor to other cannabinoids like THC and CBD, studied for its potential therapeutic benefits.

Cannabinoid

A class of chemical compounds found in cannabis that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, including THC, CBD, and others.

Cannabinoid Profile

The composition and concentration of cannabinoids present in a cannabis product.

Cannabinoid ratios

The relative amounts of different cannabinoids in a cannabis product, which can influence its effects.

Cannabinoids

Compounds found in cannabis that interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system, including THC, CBD, CBG, and more.

Cannabinol (CBN)

A mildly psychoactive cannabinoid formed as THC degrades, often associated with sedative effects.

Cannabis

A genus of flowering plants that includes species such as Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis, known for their psychoactive and therapeutic properties. Popular terms for weed. Common slang terms for cannabis, including marijuana, pot, herb, ganja, grass, and Mary Jane.

Cannabis / Dispensary POS Software

Point-of-sale software designed specifically for use in cannabis dispensaries, managing sales, inventory, compliance, and customer data.

Cannabis Digital Marketing

Marketing strategies and practices tailored to the cannabis industry, including SEO, social media, and content marketing to promote cannabis products and businesses.

Cannabis flowers

The harvested buds of the cannabis plant, used for their high concentration of cannabinoids.

Cannabutter

Butter infused with cannabis, commonly used in making edibles.

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Extracting

A method of extracting cannabinoids using pressurized carbon dioxide, considered a clean and efficient extraction process.

CB1 & CB2 Receptors

Receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system that interact with cannabinoids to produce various effects. CB1 receptors are primarily found in the brain, while CB2 receptors are found in the immune system.

Certificate of Grade

A document certifying the quality and grade of a cannabis product based on testing and evaluation.

Chemotype

The chemical profile of a cannabis plant, including its cannabinoid and terpene content.

Clone

A genetically identical copy of a cannabis plant, produced from a cutting of the mother plant.

Closed-Loop Extraction

An extraction method where solvents are contained within a closed system, preventing their release into the environment.

CO2 Oil

Cannabis oil extracted using carbon dioxide, known for its purity and potency.

Cola

The main cluster of buds at the top of a cannabis plant, often the largest and most potent part of the plant.

Concentrate(s)

Highly potent cannabis products created by extracting cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant material.

Cross (genetics)

The process of breeding two different cannabis plants to create a new strain with desired traits from both parents.

Cultivar

A cultivated variety of cannabis with distinct characteristics, often used interchangeably with “strain.”

Curing

The process of drying and aging cannabis buds after harvest to improve flavor, potency, and smoothness.

Dab(s)/Dabbing

The act of vaporizing and inhaling concentrated cannabis extracts using a dab rig or similar device.

Decarboxylation

The process of heating cannabis to activate its cannabinoids, converting THCA to THC, and CBDA to CBD.

Delta 9 (Δ-9) Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

The primary psychoactive compound in cannabis, responsible for its intoxicating effects.

Distillate

A highly refined cannabis extract that isolates specific cannabinoids, often used in edibles, vapes, and other products.

Distillate vape concentrate

A type of vape cartridge filled with distillate, a purified cannabis extract.

Doctor’s recommendations

Advice or prescriptions provided by a doctor regarding the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

Dronabinol (Marinol)

A synthetic form of THC used to treat nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy and to stimulate appetite in patients with AIDS.

Dry Drum Trimmed

A method of trimming cannabis where buds are placed in a drum that gently removes excess leaves.

Dry Scissor trimmed

A method of manually trimming cannabis buds with scissors after they have dried.

Drying

The process of reducing the moisture content in harvested cannabis buds to prepare them for curing and consumption.

Edible(s)

Cannabis-infused food or drink products that provide an alternative method of consuming cannabinoids.

Endocannabinoid system

A complex system in the body that regulates various physiological processes, including mood, appetite, and pain, through endocannabinoids and cannabinoid receptors.

Endogenous Cannabinoid

Cannabinoids produced naturally within the body, such as anandamide and 2-AG.

Entourage Effect

The theory that cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds in cannabis work together synergistically to enhance their effects.

Environment

The growing conditions and surroundings that affect the cultivation of cannabis, including light, temperature, humidity, and nutrients.

Exit bag

A child-resistant, often opaque bag required by law for transporting purchased cannabis products from a dispensary.

Extract(s)

Concentrated cannabis products obtained through various extraction methods to isolate cannabinoids and terpenes.

Extract material

Cannabis plant material used as the starting point for extraction processes to produce concentrates.

Extraction

The process of removing cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds from the cannabis plant to create concentrates.

Fair market certification

A certification ensuring that cannabis products are sold at fair market value, reflecting their quality and production costs.

Fan leaf

Large leaves on the cannabis plant that provide energy through photosynthesis but do not contain significant cannabinoid content.

Fanning

The process of removing fan leaves from the cannabis plant to improve airflow and light penetration.

Feminized seed

Cannabis seeds bred to produce only female plants, which are preferred for their bud-producing capability.

Flavonoids

Compounds found in cannabis that contribute to its flavor and may have various health benefits.

Flower

The reproductive structure of the female cannabis plant, harvested for its high cannabinoid content.

Flowering

The stage in the cannabis life cycle when the plant produces flowers and buds.

Flowering Time

The duration it takes for a cannabis plant to fully develop its flowers, typically measured from the onset of flowering to harvest.

Flushing

The process of feeding cannabis plants only water (or a flushing agent) towards the end of the growing cycle to remove residual nutrients.

Full extract cannabis oil (FECO)

A concentrated cannabis oil that retains the full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds from the plant.

Full spectrum

Cannabis extracts that include a wide range of cannabinoids and terpenes, providing the entourage effect.

Genotype

The genetic makeup of a cannabis plant, determining its potential characteristics and traits.

Germination

The process of sprouting cannabis seeds to initiate plant growth.

Graded

The classification of cannabis products based on their quality, potency, and appearance.

Greenhouse

A structure used for growing cannabis that provides a controlled environment with natural light and protection from the elements.

Grow

The process of cultivating cannabis plants, including all stages from germination to harvest.

Hash/Hash Oil

Concentrated cannabis products made from the resin of the plant, often containing high levels of cannabinoids.

Heirloom

Cannabis strains that have been passed down through generations without significant genetic modification, often landraces.

Hemp

A variety of Cannabis sativa with very low THC content, primarily grown for industrial uses such as fiber, seeds, and CBD.

Hermaphrodite

A cannabis plant that develops both male and female reproductive organs, capable of self-pollinating and producing seeds.

Honey Oil

A type of cannabis concentrate with a honey-like consistency, usually made through butane extraction.

Hoop house

A type of greenhouse with a hoop-shaped frame, used for growing cannabis with some environmental control.

Hybrid

A cannabis strain that is a cross between two or more different strains, combining characteristics of both indica and sativa.

Hydroponics

A method of growing cannabis in a nutrient-rich water solution without soil.

Illicit Market / Black Market

The illegal market for cannabis, where products are sold without regulation or legal oversight.

Indica

A subspecies of cannabis known for its sedative effects and shorter, bushier plants, often used for relaxation and sleep.

Indoor

Cannabis grown inside a controlled environment, allowing for precise regulation of light, temperature, and humidity.

Isolate

A pure form of a single cannabinoid, usually CBD or THC, extracted from the cannabis plant.

Joint

A cannabis cigarette rolled with paper, usually containing ground cannabis flowers.

Kief

The collected trichomes or resin glands from cannabis flowers, often used to enhance potency when added to other products.

Landrace

Original cannabis strains that have adapted to their natural environment over centuries, often used as breeding stock.

Larf

Small, underdeveloped cannabis buds that grow on the lower parts of the plant, often less potent and used for extracts.

Light deprivation

A cultivation technique that manipulates light exposure to induce flowering in cannabis plants outside of their natural season.

Live Resin

A cannabis concentrate made from fresh, frozen plant material to preserve terpenes and cannabinoids, resulting in a flavorful and aromatic product.

Live resin vape concentrate

A vape cartridge filled with live resin, known for its rich flavor and terpene profile.

Machine Wet Trimmed

A method of trimming cannabis buds using a machine while the plant material is still wet.

Macronutrients

Essential nutrients required by cannabis plants in larger quantities, including nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K).

Manicuring

The process of finely trimming cannabis buds to remove excess leaves and improve their appearance.

Manufacturer

A company or facility that processes cannabis into various products, including extracts, edibles, and topicals.

Marijuana

A common term for cannabis, often referring specifically to varieties high in THC.

Methods of ingestion

The various ways to consume cannabis, including smoking, vaping, edibles, topicals, and tinctures.

METRC

A compliance tracking system used in the cannabis industry to monitor the production, distribution, and sale of cannabis products.

Micronutrients

Nutrients required by cannabis plants in smaller quantities, including iron, manganese, zinc, copper, and molybdenum.

Multi-State Operator (MSO)

A cannabis company that operates in multiple states, often managing cultivation, processing, and retail operations.

Mycotoxin

Toxins produced by fungi that can contaminate cannabis plants and pose health risks.

Natural Nutrients

Nutrients derived from organic sources, used in the cultivation of cannabis without synthetic chemicals.

Outdoor

Cannabis grown outdoors in natural sunlight and environmental conditions.

Pharmaceutical Cannabinoid

Cannabinoids produced or synthesized for medical use, often in standardized formulations.

Phenotype

The observable characteristics of a cannabis plant, resulting from the interaction of its genotype with the environment.

Photoperiod

The light cycle that influences the growth and flowering of cannabis plants, typically 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness for vegetative growth and 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness for flowering.

Phytocannabinoid Cannabinoid

Cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant, such as THC, CBD, and CBG.

Pistils

The hair-like structures on female cannabis flowers that collect pollen from male plants, turning from white to orange or red as the plant matures.

Popcorn buds

Small, dense cannabis buds that resemble popcorn, often found lower on the plant.

Propane

A hydrocarbon solvent sometimes used in the extraction of cannabinoids, similar to butane.

Quality attributes

Characteristics used to assess the quality of cannabis products, including potency, aroma, flavor, and appearance.

Quality-verified

A designation indicating that a cannabis product has been tested and meets specific quality standards.

Relative humidity (RH)

The amount of moisture in the air relative to the maximum amount the air can hold at a given temperature, important for cannabis cultivation and storage.

Residual solvent

Traces of solvents remaining in cannabis concentrates after extraction, which should be minimized to ensure product safety.

Retailer

A business that sells cannabis products directly to consumers, also known as a dispensary.

Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)

A full-spectrum cannabis extract named after its creator, Rick Simpson, often used for its purported medicinal benefits.

Rig

A device used for dabbing, typically consisting of a water pipe, nail, and torch.

Rooting

The process of establishing roots in a cannabis cutting or seedling, preparing it for growth.

Rosin

A cannabis concentrate made by applying heat and pressure to flower or hash, extracting cannabinoids without solvents.

Ruderalis

A subspecies of cannabis known for its autoflowering traits and short stature, often used in breeding autoflower strains.

Sativa

A subspecies of cannabis known for its uplifting and energizing effects, typically producing taller and more fibrous plants.

Seed-to-Sale

A tracking system that monitors cannabis production from cultivation to final sale, ensuring compliance and transparency.

Seed-to-Sale Software

Software designed to manage and track all stages of cannabis production, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization)

The practice of optimizing websites to rank higher in search engine results, used by cannabis businesses to attract online traffic.

Shake

Small pieces of cannabis flowers and leaves that break off during handling, often used for making edibles or pre-rolls.

Shatter

A type of cannabis concentrate known for its glass-like consistency and high potency.

Soil

The medium in which cannabis plants grow, providing nutrients, water, and support.

Stamen

The male reproductive organ of the cannabis plant, producing pollen.

Stem

The main support structure of the cannabis plant, connecting roots to leaves and flowers.

Stigma

The sticky, hair-like part of the pistil that captures pollen during fertilization.

Strain

A specific variety of cannabis with distinct characteristics and effects, often referred to as a cultivar.

Sugar leaf

Small leaves covered in trichomes that grow close to the cannabis buds, often used for making concentrates.

Synthetic Cannabinoid

Man-made chemicals that mimic the effects of natural cannabinoids, often used in research or pharmaceuticals.

Synthetic/Supplemental nutrients

Nutrients manufactured to provide essential elements for cannabis growth, often used in hydroponics and other growing systems.

Terpenes

Aromatic compounds found in cannabis that contribute to its flavor and effects, working synergistically with cannabinoids.

Tetrahydrocannabinolic-acid (THCa)

The non-psychoactive precursor to THC, found in raw cannabis and converted to THC through decarboxylation.

Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV)

A cannabinoid found in cannabis that is similar to THC but may have different effects, including appetite suppression.

Tinctures

Liquid cannabis extracts typically administered under the tongue or added to food and drinks.

Topical

Cannabis-infused products applied to the skin for localized relief of pain, inflammation, or other conditions.

Trichomes

Small, glandular structures on cannabis flowers and leaves that produce cannabinoids and terpenes.

Trim

The process of removing excess leaves and stems from cannabis buds after harvest to improve their appearance and potency.

Untrimmed

Cannabis buds that have not been trimmed, still containing excess leaves and stems.

Vape Cartridge

A pre-filled cartridge containing cannabis oil, designed for use with a vaporizer or vape pen.

Vape pen

A portable device used to vaporize cannabis oil or concentrates for inhalation.

Vaporizer

A device that heats cannabis or its extracts to release cannabinoids and terpenes as vapor, without combustion.

Vegetative growth

The stage of cannabis growth focused on developing stems, leaves, and roots, typically before flowering.

Water-soluble cannabinoids

Cannabinoids that have been processed to dissolve in water, increasing their bioavailability and versatility in products.

Wax

A type of cannabis concentrate known for its soft, wax-like consistency and high potency.

Disclaimer

The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and may not reflect the most current legal developments or regulatory changes. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the content, we do not warrant or guarantee its accuracy, completeness, or adequacy. Readers are strongly encouraged to conduct their own research and consult with legal, medical, or professional experts before making any decisions or taking any actions based on the information provided in this article. Laws and regulations regarding cannabis can vary widely and are subject to change, and it is essential to stay informed about the most current and applicable laws in your jurisdiction. For the most accurate and up-to-date information, please refer to official sources or consult with professionals in the field.

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