Cannabis Glossary

Cannabis refers to a group of three plants known as cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, and cannabis ruderalis. When the flowers of these plants are harvested and dried, you’re left with one of most common drugs in the world, often referred to as weed, herb, grass, or pot. It can be consumed in a variety of ways, including through inhalation, ingestion, and topical application.

There are many naturally-occurring compounds in the plant, called cannabinoids. Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis, but other cannabinoids, such as cannabidiol (CBD), have no psychoactive properties whatsoever and are used for a range of non-addictive medicinal uses.

Flower is the ingestible part of the cannabis plant. It’s cultivated, harvested, dried, and cured before making its way to the end consumer.

Dried herb or buds.

Ready-to-use products that have been pre-rolled by the producers. They come with just flower or sometimes infused with various concentrates.

Also referred to as joints or blunts.

Cannabis concentrates are separated from the cannabis plant, removing impurities, and leaving desired compounds such as cannabinoids and terpenes. Terpenes are responsible for the taste, smell, and color of the cannabis. Cannabis vape cartridges are typically high dosage concentrated products that often pair with a battery accessory.

Uses water, ice, and mesh screens to pull out the fine outgrowths on the cannabis plant, known as trichomes, and turn them into a paste-like consistency.

The consistency of budder is very similar to peanut butter. It can get messy. It’s made from whipping cannabis oil sap into a smooth budder product. To dab with budder, refrigerate it for a bit or it’s likely to just fall off of your glass pin and make a mess.

Crumble is one of the hardest concentrates to work with. It’s super dry and needs to be warmed in your fingers before you try to use it. It’s the same main composition of budder and wax but it’s broken down more to create the crumble-like texture.

The process of using a concentrated form of cannabis in a device called a dab rig—a glass piece with a chamber for water that allows you to inhale the cannabis.

Ground cannabis filtered with screens leaving behind complete trichome glands. The end-product is also referred to as kief.

Cannabis oil resembles olive oil. It is often used in syringe form for sublingual use. It is also used for edibles and vape cartridge liquids. Over time, oil will harden and/or evaporate. It is one of the most potent forms of marijuana as many oils measure 70%-90% THC.

Resin is a more malleable cannabis concentrate with a consistency somewhere between and wax and a sauce—not quite like taffy, but not too wet. Live resins tend to be potent with a lot of THC. It’s extremely sticky, so you’ll need a dab tool to handle it.

End product of cannabis flower being squeezed under heat and pressure

Shatter is a hard concentrate that simulates the look of stained glass. Shatter needs to be stored away from direct sunlight. The container needs to be kept tightly closed. Keep in mind that shatter will stick to anything it touches. A little bit goes a long way and keeps you comfortably medicated for an extended period of time.

Wax is one of the stickiest concentrates made and is used for dabbing. Decarboxylated THC is made from reducing oil to a thick, sap-like consistency. Don’t attempt to get wax from the container to your rig with your fingers; you need a good dabber to handle that part.

Edibles are cannabis-infused food and drinks where the THC is metabolized by the liver. Edibles can be made from cannabis flower or concentrates and come in a variety of forms:

Brownies, cookies, cakes

Gummies, chews, drops, mints, lollipops, lozenges, chocolates, chews, caramels

Shots, beverages, enhancers, seltzers, soft drinks

Topicals are infused products like lotions, balms, and oils. They are applied directly to skin and can relieve pain, soreness, and inflammation.

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