What is CBD? (A Definitive CBD Dictionary)

CBD 101
What is CBD? (A Definitive CBD Dictionary)

CBD (also known as cannabidiol) is a chemical compound found in cannabis plants that many people believe has potential medical benefits. Interest continues to rise as more people learn about it.

It can be easy to get overwhelmed with number of acronyms and scientific terms that tend to pop up around this topic. We have created a guide which covers all of the key terms. If you are constantly navigating the space, this would be a great resource to bookmark. (Tip: You can use Ctrl+F or Cmd+F to search for a specific term)

CBD Dictionary

Cannabidiol-Also known as CBD, cannabidiol is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis plants.

Cannabis-A genus of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae comprised of three species: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis.

Cannabinoid-A classification for a chemical compound found in a cannabis which acts upon cannabinoid receptors. CBD is an example of a cannabinoid.

Carrier Oil-Refers to the type of oil that CBD is dissolved in because it isn't naturally water-soluble, so it must be dissolved in a carrier oil in order to be delivered in a liquid form. Commonly used oils are coconut oil, MCT oil,  and olive oil.

CBD-The non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis. 

Decarboxylation-A reaction which removes the carboxyl group from a chemical compound. This is a necessary step in the extraction process, as CBD naturally occurs as CBD-A before undergoing decarboxylation. This process “activates” the CBD molecule, allowing the CBD to have the desired effect when consumed orally.

Endocannabinoid System-A biological system composed of cannabinoid receptors and endocannabinoids, which are internal neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors. Depending on the receptor and where it is located, endocannabinoids can have different effects. Endocannabinoids and their receptors are found throughout the body: in the brain, organs, connective tissues, glands, and immune cells.

Entourage Effect-Refers to a concept and proposed mechanism by which the various compounds present in cannabis can work together to cause a greater effect than they would individually.

Full Spectrum-A term used to describe CBD extracts which include all of the peripheral cannabinoids and terpenes. By contrast, CBD isolate consists of 98-99% CBD by mass, with no other terpenes and trace (sometimes undetectable) levels of other cannabinoids comprising the remaining 1-2%.

Hemp-A variant of the Cannabis Sativa plant species specifically grown for the industrial uses of its derived products. Hemp has low concentrations of THC and high concentrations of CBD. 

High Potency-A term used to describe products with a high concentration of CBD. The potency of a product is usually measured in mg/ml. (Buy High Potency CBD Tincture)

Isolate- Pure CBD (>98%) in crystalline form. (Buy CBD Isolate)

RSO-Also known as “Rick Simpson Oil”, RSO is an extremely concentrated oil made from cannabis extracts. Although it's inventor originally used high THC cannabis to make his extract, our RSO is made from hemp, which makes it available across the U.S. (Buy CBD RSO)

Sublingually-This term refers to the method of placing a solution (such as a tincture) beneath the tongue. Held underneath the tongue, it's absorbed directly into the bloodstream via the blood vessels in your mouth.

Terpene-A class of organic compounds found in a variety of plants, including all forms of cannabis. Often terpenes have a strong fragrance and can have their own specific effects when ingested.

THC-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the principal psychoactive chemical of cannabis. All of our products contain less than 0.3% THC.

Tincture-A solution dissolved within an oil or another carrier.  Tinctures are often taken sublingually, using an eyedropper to place the solution beneath the tongue. However, tinctures can also be added to drinks and incorporated into recipes. (Buy CBD Tincture)
Whole Plant Extract-A term which refers to products containing all of the cannabinoids and terpenes naturally found within hemp. They have been extracted from the plant alongside CBD in its creation. In contrast, isolates include only CBD and all other terpenes are excluded.


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