We created this CBD glossary to help beginners understand some of the common terms mentioned on our website and in our CBD Oil Users Group on Facebook. In addition to the brief descriptions below, most of the terms are also linked to articles on our website and other reputable websites that provide more in-depth information about each term.
Bioavailability – the amount of the substance that actually enters the bloodstream and is used by the body.
Broad Spectrum – a cannabis product that contains more than just CBD, such as some minor cannabinoids and terpenes, but usually no THC.
Cannabidiol (CBD) – one of the primary cannabinoids found in cannabis. Not associated with the typical psychoactive effects.
Cannabinoid – cannabinoid molecules produced by the cannabis plant.
Cannabis Oil – an oil derived from Cannabis. Can be used to describe CBD Oil, but is often used to describe High THC oils.
CBD Oil – a cannabis product (hemp or marijuana derived) that is high in CBD.
Certificate of Analysis (COA) – a certificate/report provided by a testing facility as verification that certain tests were performed, as well as their results. Often contains potency tests, heavy metals tests, solvent tests, and/or terpene tests.
Dabbing – a consumption method requiring cannabis concentrates that are heated and inhaled. Separate from vaping or smoking.
Endocannabinoids – cannabinoid molecules produced naturally by the body.
Entourage Effect – a concept where all of the components (cannabinoids, terpenes, etc) in the plant work together in the body, boosting each other to create a balanced, synergistic effect. Typically lacking in isolate products.
Full Spectrum – a cannabis product that contains not only CBD, but also some other cannabinoids (usually THC), and terpenes in their naturally occurring quantities.
Hemp – any cannabis plant containing less than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis
Hemp Oil – an oil that is derived from hemp cannabis. Usually as hemp seed oil, but can be CBD oil.
Isolate – a cannabis product that contains only CBD.
Marijuana – any cannabis plant containing over 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis
Microdosing – a dosing method where you take very small doses throughout the day, instead of big ones once or twice a day.
Oil – an oil-based product used sublingually or orally.
Oral – a consumption method that entails you swallowing the product (commonly Capsules, Gummies, Pills).
Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) – a concentrated cannabis oil that is typically high in THC, and commonly used for Cancer.
Sublingual – a consumption method that entails you applying the product under the tongue.
Terpenes – oils found in all plants that give the plant scent, flavor, and additional benefits
Terpsolate – a cannabis product that contains CBD and terpenes.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – one of the primary cannabinoids found in cannabis. Associated with psychoactive effects.
Third Party Lab Report – see “Certificate of Analysis” (COA) above.
Tincture – traditionally used to describe alcohol based products, but now used to describe even oil-based products. Typically used sublingually or orally.
Topical – a product or method that requires you to apply the product to the skin topically. Does not get into bloodstream.
Transdermal – a product or method that requires you to apply the product to the skin. Does get into the bloodstream. Contains special permeability enhancers.
Water Soluble – a cannabis product that mimics water solubility, often through the use of liposomes or nanoemulsion techniques.