“Cannabasics”

Whether you call it marijuana, cannabis, or weed, it’s medicine. Here are some terms you need to know.

Cultivars

Cultivated varieties. Not strands, not strains...

Cultivars

Cultivated varieties. Not strands, not strains… Cultivars refer to the different types of flowers we grow, which produce different medicinal effects.

Sativa VS Indica

Used to describe cultivars...

Sativa VS Indica

Used to describe cultivars that produce stimulating (sativa) vs. sedating (indica) effects.

Cannabinoids

Medicinal ingredients produced by the plant...

Cannabinoids

Medicinal ingredients produced by the plant. THC is the best-known cannabinoid, because of its psychoactivity.

THC

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the cannabinoid ...

THC

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) is the cannabinoid produced by cannabis that is responsible for its psychoactivity.

Phsychoactivity

Psychoactivity is the ability of a drug or medicine...

Phsychoactivity

Psychoactivity is the ability of a drug or medicine, such as THC, to alter mood, behavior or mental processes.

CBD - Cannabidiol

All cannabis cultivars once contained CBD...

CBD - Cannabidiol

All cannabis cultivars once contained CBD, an important medicinal cannabinoid that produces no “high.” CBD reduces side effects of THC. CBD also relieves pain and anxiety.

Terpenes

Essential oils produced by cannabis that modify...

Terpenes

Essential oils produced by cannabis that modify the effects of THC and CBD. The terpene called myrcene causes the sedative effects of indicas. Terpenes are primarily responsible for the difference in effects noted among different cultivars..

Dose

Cannabis is a drug. With any drug, dose is important....

Dose

Cannabis is a drug. With any drug, dose is important. Doses, too large or too frequent, cause the body to develop a tolerance to THC in cannabis. CBD may reduce tolerance to THC.

Vaporization

The process of heating cannabis to a temperature at which its...

Vaporization

The process of heating cannabis to a temperature at which its active ingredients boil, but do not burn. Inhaling cannabis vapor, rather than smoke, causes less lung irritation.