Know Your Cannabis Terms
Cannabis is a family of plants. There are three different species of the plant which thousands of strains come from. These species are Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis which are mostly known as "Marijuana" though Ruderalis is naturally high in CBD and low in THC (which produces the "high" effect) or often compared to a Hybrid.
A subspecies called Sativa "L" is mostly known as "Hemp" and does not produce the psychoactive effects and has been mainly used for products such as cloth and oil.
Hemp / CBD
A variety of Cannabis Sativa L, Hemp is a dioecious plant. The hemp plant produces a broad range of cannabinoids, including tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the intoxicating cannabinoid in marijuana. However, hemp does not produce enough THC to create intoxicating effects when consumed. Although the hemp plant doesn’t produce a significant amount of THC, it is capable of producing the non-intoxicating and medicinally rich cannabidiol (CBD) in high concentrations.
Hemp-derived CBD is one of the most popular forms of the therapeutic cannabinoid on the market today. CBD oil is extracted from hemp leaves and flowers and can be used for treating a wide variety of ailments.
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These are the natural compounds found in Cannabis (in both marijana and hemp) are also found in not just the human body, but in animals as well (like our pets!). This is how Cannabis works so well with our body in providing relief or restoring balance.
These are the parts of the plants that give it's scent. They are the oils such as citrus, lavender, mint, pine etc that can be added or infused with products to provide additional benefits.
Cannabis flower is another name for the actual “Buds” the plant produces. This is the smokeable part of the plant and can come in a variety of flavors and strengths.
A term often used in the cannabis consumer marketplace and are categorized as daytime strains with uplifting, cerebral, and energetic effects.
A term used to describe a certain cannabis breed. Indicas are generally more sedative, so if you want to shut down stress and relax this is perfect.
One good way to remember the difference is: Indicas = "In-da-couch".
Hybrid strains contain a mix of sativa and indica genetics and depending on their lineage, can take on characteristics from both strain families. They can be either indica or sativa-dominant, meaning they will express the characteristics of the dominant parent with less characteristics of the secondary variety.
Concentrates are products made from the cannabis plant that have been processed to keep only the most desirable plant compounds. Leaving you with a resin, a syrup-like, golden-hued substance. This substance offers a more potent high, quicker onset of action, and a wider range of consumption methods.
Rosin is a solventless technique, meaning the process does not require use of any foreign substances. Instead, rosin uses a mechanical process involving heat and pressure to extract the resin from the plant. The result is a translucent, sappy, and sometimes shatter-like product.
Sugar is a term used for any concentrate that has a similar consistency to wet, sappy sugar. They’re not uniform in nature and typically have colors ranging from a bright yellow to a deep amber.
Sauce is thicker, more viscous in texture and looks stickier. The color of sauce can range from deep amber to bright mustard. Sauce is similar to sugar in both its consistency and color, but has a more uniform and prominent crystalline structure.
Budder or Badder
Budder and Badder are oilier and softer in texture. (Think of a stick of butter or cake batter.) They’re malleable, easy to handle and have a sun yellow to bright orange coloring. The butter-like consistency allows the extract to be easily used as a spread on blunts or joints, or to be dabbed using a dab rig.
Shatter is known for its brittle, glass-like texture. It can also have a snap-and-pull consistency. (Imagine taffy candy being pulled really tight before snapping). Shatters usually have a golden yellow to bright amber color throughout.
Distillate is a runny, translucent oil of the waxes or undesirable compounds from the original plant. Distillate is desirable due to its potency and versatility. It can be used to dab, vaporize, and as an ingredient in Edibles, Topicals, and other products. If you desire the cleanest, clearest, and by far the most potent concentrate available on the market, cannabis oil distillate may just be the perfect product for you.
Vaping is the most discreet and portable option for consuming cannabis concentrates.
Vaping products come in a variety of pen shapes and sizes. The most common form of vaping is a pre-filled cartridge that attaches to a battery. The cartridge contains a heating element that comes in contact with the battery and heats the concentrate when activated. This battery-and-cartridge combination is collectively referred to as a vape pen.