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Definitions of Common CBD Terms

You have probably heard about CBD,

but you may be asking yourself what is CBD, and how is it made?

Below is a list of common CBD terminology to familiarize yourself with

the most important words you’ll hear in our CBD Dispensary.


cbd terms


Cannabinoids – Cannabinoids are the active chemicals in the hemp plant similar to chemicals the body makes that are involved in body functions including appetite, memory, movement, and pain.

Cannabidiol – A phytocannabinoid derived from Cannabis species, which is non-psychoactive, with analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Studies suggest cannabidiol may be able to halt or inhibit the growth of tumors and performs chemopreventive activities.

Cannabis – A genus flowering plant with a stiff upright stem, divided serrated leaves, and tiny, glandular hairs. It is used to produce hemp fiber, food, herbal treatment, and can be compounded into a variety of health and beauty products such as a lotion, salve, or tincture. 

CBD – A naturally occurring cannabinoid derived from the cannabis plant.

Dab -A dab is a method of taking CBD by means of vaporized inhalation. This is when you take a tiny amount of concentrate extract (dab) and vaporize it by applying it to a hot surface called a nail and inhale the vapor it produces through a dab rig or similar device. On Wednesdays, we have 1/2-priced in-house dabs in our store. It’s a great way to try CBD for the first time.

Dab rig – A dab rig is used to inhale oil, wax, isolate, or other CBD concentrates. The dab is added to the nail where it is heated either by a torch or nail and the user inhales’s the vapor that is created through the device’s mouthpiece.

Flower – Hemp flower is high in CBD and contains 0.3% THC or less. It refers to the flowering part of the hemp plant. It can be smoked, vaporized, or cooked into a butter.

Full Spectrum – Full spectrum means all of the cannabinoids have been extracted from the whole hemp flower. Unlike CBD isolate, full-spectrum contains the same cannabinoids and hemp compounds, such as terpenes, vitamins, essential fatty acids, and phytonutrients, as the original hemp plant.

Hemp – A variety of Cannabis sativa L which has been around for over 10,000 years for fiber, protein, oils and flowers and leaves.

Isolate – CBD isolate is the pure powder-like form of CBD in a crystalline substance.  The process of isolating CBD from the rest of the plant and cannabinoids also removes plant impurities. Isolate can be dabbed on a traditional dab rig, nectar collector, or sprinkled atop a freshly-loaded bowl of flower.

Non-Psychoactive – CBD is non-psycho-active, meaning it does NOT alter brain function or cause changes in perception, mood, consciousness, or behavior.

Salve – A salve is a solid combination of oils and wax made from infused oils and herbs are combined with an oil to extract the medicinal plant constituents that will help soothe skin and soothe sore muscles. Our salves are enriched with terpenes for added therapeutic benefits.

Sublingual – Apply under the tongue. Our tinctures and CBD oils may be taken sublingually.

Terpenes – Terpenes are hydrocarbons produced by all kinds of plants, not just the hemp plant. They are the primary reason fragrant plants have a strong odor.  Terpenes are often used in traditional medicine, perfumes, and as food additives. For example the terpene limonene is the terpene that gives oranges that citrusy aroma and is found in our Chocolate Sunrise salve.

Tincture – Tinctures are typically taken sublingually. CBD tinctures are liquid solutions of CBD made with a solvent us as glycerin, vinegar, oil, or alcohol. Our tinctures are alcohol-free and made with different oils such as rice bran oil, olive oil, coconut oil, Alaskan salmon oil, and glycerin.