GLOSSARY

Source: Marijuana Span

Aphrodisiac 

Named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, an aphrodisiac is a food, drink, or substance that stimulates sexual desire and promotes libido-boosting effects when consumed. Well-known aphrodisiacs include marijuana, chocolate, oysters, and pomegranates. 

 

Anandamide (N-arachidonoylethanolamine or AEA)

Anandamide is a molecule in our brains which acts as a neurotransmitter and has a structure very similar to that of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the active constituent of cannabis. It is a messenger molecule that plays a role in many bodily activities, including appetite, memory, rewards,  and fertility - hence its name, which is derived from the word 'Ananda' which means 'extreme delight' or 'bliss' in the Sanskrit language. 

Cannabinoid

Cannabinoids are the naturally occurring compounds found in all cannabis plants.  The main active cannabinoids in marijuana are the psychoactive compound delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and its non-psychoactive counterpart, cannabidiol (CBD). Other well-known cannabinoids include CBN and THCa.

 

Cartridges 

Cartridges are small pre-filled attachments to e-cigarettes and cannabis vape pens that contain cannabis concentrate. 

 

CBD (Aka cannabidiol)

An active, nonintoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis and hemp

CBD isolate

The singular, purest form of CBD, which is produced by removing all other compounds found in the plant including terpenes, flavonoids, plant parts, and other cannabinoids. There is absolutely no THC in CBD isolate. 

Cosmeceutical 

A cosmetic product that contains active ingredients that have medical or therapeutic benefits. 

Cultivation

Cultivation refers to growing cannabis, either in a commercial facility, home garden, or farm. Cannabis cultivation can occur outdoors and indoors under artificial lights. Cultivator refers to the individual or entity growing the cannabis. 

 

Distillate

Distillate is a highly potent cannabis oil that has been heavily refined and separated into a cannabinoid-dominant fraction. The most common form of distillate is THC Distillate.  

Dosage

The size or frequency of a dose of a medicine or drug.

Endocannabinoid system

The natural cannabis-like molecules produced by the human body. The ECS plays a role in regulating a range of functions and processes, including sleep, mood, appetite, memory, reproduction, and fertility. The ECS exists and is active in your body even if you don’t use cannabis. 

Entourage effect

The complex interactive synergy that occurs between marijuana compounds. Marijuana contains more than 60 distinct molecules known as cannabinoids. The plant also produces many non-cannabinoid compounds that also work with the cannabinoids. All of the compounds in cannabis work together in a unique partnership that is coined as the Entourage Effect by researchers, scientists, and medical professionals. 

Extraction

The process of extracting or concentrating the most potent compounds from the plants. The result is, therefore, a highly concentrated and potent form of THC and other cannabinoids. Common extraction methods include solvent extraction, olive oil extraction, dry ice extraction, distillate extraction, CO2 extraction. 

Full-spectrum Oil

Cannabis oil that has not undergone any refinement or distillation processes and therefore contains all the components from the source plant. 

 

Hash

A potent form of cannabis produced by collecting and compressing trichomes, the most potent material from cannabis plants.

Hemp

A distinct cultivar of the cannabis plant that contains very little or no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), grown primarily for the industrial uses of its derived products.   

Hybrid

A cannabis flower combination (hybrid) of the other two main classes of cannabis — “indica” and “sativa”. Hybrids often provide an experience that is either sativa-dominant, indica-dominant, or equally balanced between the two. 

Indica

Indica is a classification of marijuana, known scientifically as Cannabis indica and most often compared to Cannabis sativa. Indica strains of marijuana are known for their heavy and relaxing therapeutic qualities.

 

Although as research progresses, we recommend not being so quick to base your cannabis choice off of this stereotype. We are coming to learn that there can be plenty of fluidity between indica, sativa, and hybrid plants. 

Marijuana 

Scientific name for the cannabis plant. 

Microdosing

Microdosing is a consumption method involving taking smaller doses of cannabis, doses so small they unlikely to produce whole-body effects, but high enough to allow some beneficial cellular response. 

Orgasm

The physical and emotional sensation experienced at the peak of sexual excitation, usually resulting from stimulation of the sexual organ and usually accompanied in the male by ejaculation.

Oxytocin

Commonly referred to as the “love” hormone, oxytocin acts as a chemical messenger and has been shown to be important in human behaviours, including sexual arousal, recognition, trust, anxiety and mother–infant bonding. 

Parabens 

A group of potentially harmful chemicals widely used as preservatives in cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries. These compounds, and their salts, are used primarily for their bactericidal and fungicidal properties. 

Phthalates 

Chemicals that soften Polyvinlyn Chlorides (Vinyl). Phthalates are banned from children’s toys in the US, EU, and other parts of the world. However, in the US, sex toys are not regulated, and because of their low cost, many providers still manufacture sex toys with phthalates and other harsh chemicals. Studies have shown harmful effects on fetus development in pregnant women, developmental disorders in young children, and asthma. 

Pheromone

Pheromones are substances which are secreted to the outside by an individual and received subconsciously  by a second individual of the same species through the nose -- vomeronasal organ. Pheromones stimulate sexual arousal, desire, hormone levels, and even fertility when released. 

 

Phytocannabinoids

Phytocannabinoids are cannabinoids that occur naturally in the cannabis plant, whereas endocannabinoids are cannabinoids that occur naturally in the human body (“endo”). 

Pleasure Pre-Rolls

A term coined by Luz de la Riva, pleasure pre-rolls are designed to arouse desire and enhance your sexuality. These pre-rolls are delicately handcrafted and filled with the highest quality cannabis strains that stimulate and sensualize the senses. 

 

Pre-Rolls

Pre-rolled cannabis joint. Pre-rolls are a quick and easy option for consumers as they are already prepared and ready to be smoked upon purchase. 

 

Psychoactive

A chemical substance that changes brain function and results in altered perception, mood, consciousness or behavior. 

THC is most well-known for being the “psychoactive” compound in cannabis. 

Pungent

Often used when describing marijuana, pungent means having a sharply strong taste or smell. 

Sativa

One of the three forms of cannabis, alongside indica and hybrids. Sativa plants feature long, thin fan leaves and tend to have longer flowering times than its counterparts. Sativas are generally known for producing more uplifting, energetic effects than Indicas.

 

Slim

A long and slender rolled cannabis joint that looks especially fabulous when smoked.

Strain

A conversational term used to delineate any type of cannabis flower, usually based off the flower’s smell, flavor, lineage/origins, or effects. 

Sexual Wellness

An individual’s state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction. 

Terpene

Organic compounds responsible for providing the unique aroma and flavor of each individual cannabis plant and a variety of other plants and organisms.  Terpenes are created by plants to protect against herbivores, insects, and other environmental dangers. 

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

The naturally-occurring chemical responsible for most of marijuana's psychoactive effects and high. THC is the most commonly known cannabinoid identified in the cannabis plant (of at least 113 cannabinoids). THC stimulates cells in the brain to release dopamine, creating euphoria and making us feel good. 

 

Tincture

Plant extract oftentimes diluted in an alcohol solution for medicinal or therapeutic purposes. 

 

Topical

A cream, lotion, oil, or pain-relieving balm applied to the surface of the body for cosmetic or therapeutic purposes.  

 

Transdermal

Medicine or therapy, in this case oftentimes CBD, absorbed through the skin, most commonly by means of a skin patch. 

              

Trichomes

Trichomes are the jewels of a cannabis flower. Miniscule globule appendages on the surface of the cannabis flower that produce and hold the plant’s cannabinoids and terpenes. Trichomes are produced on the flower, bract, and leaves of the cannabis plant, and have a sugary, crystal-like appearance.

  

Vape / Vape Pen 

A handheld device consisting of a battery attached to a Cartridge filled with cannabis Concentrate. With a Vape Pen, Concentrates are heated, not burned. 

Weed Lube 

Cannabis-infused personal lubricant. Considering its method of consumption, weed lube will not get you high or cause psychoactive effects, it is simply designed to give you a greater orgasm. Weed lube can be oil-based or aloe-based, but it is best and safest when it is water-based. We have a lot to say about this one so stay tuned. Read more.

 

All definitions are courtesy of LDLR, Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Weed Maps, Maximum Yield, and the US National Library of Medicine. 

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