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CBD Glossary. Understanding The CBD Jargon

CBD Glossary

Some Common CBD Terms & What They Mean. 

To be a savvy CBD shopper, you need to know the lingo, so we have trawled through all the terms & jargon to bring you a CBD glossary. You may be new to the world of CBD, or you are looking to become even more knowledgeable we have got you covered. Here’s a glossary of phrases to help empower you as you shop. 

CBD Glossary 


A derivative of arachidonic acid that’s naturally occurring in the brain. It acts as a messenger molecule, playing roles in depression, appetite, memory, and fertility; one of the two known endocannabinoids.


Referring to a product that has endured decarboxylation (the heating of cannabinoid) to transform them from their naturally occurring, acid form to an activated non-acid form.

Agricultural Hemp

The variety of the Cannabis Sativa plant that contains less than 0.3% THC in the dry weight material. Grown for industrial purposes and the plant behind the majority of your CBD. 


A derivative of arachidonic acid. It occurs naturally in the brain (& some foods) & acts as a messenger. It plays a role in your appetite, depression, fertility & memory. This is 1 of 2 currently known endocannabinoids.


Bioavailability of CBD is the effectiveness of a specific ingestion method. It refers to how quickly, and how much, of the product is absorbed into your bloodstream.

Blended Spectrum

The profile of a CBD product containing both a raw full-spectrum CBD. And, non-activated cannabinoids as well as activated cannabinoids.

Broad Spectrum

The cannabinoid profile of a CBD product. Broad-spectrum includes a full-spectrum range of cannabinoids with a THC wholly removed. Understanding Broad spectrum CBD.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

Cannabidiol is just one of the 100 wonderful cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant. This phytocannabinoid is one of the most plentiful in the plant and generally most abundant in industrial hemp. It has a wide range of anti-inflammatory compounds as well as many potential wellness uses. It may also help promote a sense of calm.


A class of diverse compounds found within the cannabis plant. The cannabinoids interact with the cannabinoid receptors located throughout the body and brain in a system called the endocannabinoid system. They alter neurotransmitter release.

Cannabinoid Profile – Cannabinoid Spectrum

The types & amounts of various cannabinoids found in a cannabis extract.

Cannabinoid Receptor Type 1 (CB1)

CB1 is a g protein-coupled receptor found throughout your body. These receptors are concentrated in the spine & brain. Many studies have implicated the CB1 receptor in the maintenance of homeostasis in health & disease.

Cannabinoid Receptor Type 2 (CB2)

CB1 is also a g protein-coupled receptor found throughout your body. These receptors are located in the peripheral nervous system.

Cannabinoid Receptors

Cannabinoid receptors are part of your endocannabinoid system. There a 2 receptors, CB1 & CB2 running throughout your brain & body.


Cannabis is a genus of plants in the Cannabaceae family. The plant is classified by its species (Sativa or Indica) or by classification (marijuana & hemp).

Cannabis Sativa

Its a species of plant within the Cannabis genus. It includes both agricultural hemp and marijuana.


Cannabichromene. A phytocannabinoid found in the cannabis plant that has little to no intoxicating effects.


Short for cannabidiol. A phytocannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Does not result in euphoria (High / Stoned) and has shown to have benefits on human and animal health.

CBD Extract

This is the thick, oily substance extracted from industrial hemp. Its contains cannabinoids, terpenoids, & other plant materials. CBD extract will be high in CBD & low in other cannabinoids.

CBD Isolate

An isolate is a crystalline powder of the single (isolated) CBD molecule. Its created by further processing an extract to remove other terpenoids and plant materials.


The most common form of CBD derived products often tinctures. The term may also be used to describe a stand-alone extract or extract contained within different product types.


Cannabidiolic-acid. An acidic cannabinoid that’s a naturally occurring raw form of CBD produced directly in the hemp plant.


Also known as the parent cannabinoid. CBG is the chemical forerunner to THC & CBD.


Short for cannabinol. A phytocannabinoid found in cannabis. Produced when THC is metabolized & has little to no intoxicating effects.


The green pigmented molecules found in plants & algae. It is essential for plant photosynthesis.

CO2 Extraction

The method used to extract our Plus CBD Oil concentrates; CO2 gas is pressurized into a safe liquid & used to remove oils from plants with the advantage of no solvent residue.


A concentrated form of cannabis extract. They are also known by another name like shatter, wax, or extract. Commonly used for in CBD Dab rig or with dab pen for dabbing.


Vaporizing shatter, wax, or extract, by placing it against a scorching surface & inhaling the vapours produced. Full guide to Dabbing CBD


Removing a carboxyl group from the chemical compound. The process is used to convert the CBD-A in some CBD Oils Raw.

e-Liquid / (Vape Juice)

These E-liquids are used in vape mods and vape pens. They are inhaled through vape mod via heating to 200+ degrees Fahrenheit.


The naturally occurring cannabinoid in the human body.

Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

The ECS is the biological system which serves a variety of physiological functions. It includes emotions, memory, pain, & appetite. Endo stands for endogenous. Originating within the body. Find out more about the Endocannabinoid Sytem.

Entourage Effect

It’s the idea that biologically active compounds can have heightened biological activity. When they are administered in combination with otherwise inactive compounds as opposed to isolated active compounds administered alone.


An extract, most often from industrial hemp. An oily substance derived from cannabis. It includes plant materials, cannabinoids, fatty acids, & terpenoids. It can be consumed directly or used as a base to create other products.


The process by which one of several available extraction methods are used to create a phytocannabinoid-rich oil extract from the cannabis plant.

Fatty Acid

The long hydrocarbon chain, with a carboxyl group (COOH) at the end; an essential part of the fat-soluble components of living cells (lipids).

Full Spectrum

It contains a full range of cannabinoids, terpenes, & other cannabis compounds to what is commonly found in industrial hemp. Interested in find out more about Full Spectrum CBD?


Cannabis types bred as a fibrous material for use in a wide variety of applications. Hemp contains a low THC content. It is often grown outdoors and can be grown in most climates.

Hemp Oil

Oil created from hemp. It could be hemp seed oil or a CBD rich extract.

Hemp Seed Oil

The hemp plant has the oil extracted from the seeds of the plant. It uses a cold expeller-pressed extraction method. It doesn’t contain cannabinoids unless infused with CBD. Its a highly nutritious food source. Because, it’s packed with Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, amino acids, fibre & more.


Self-regulating method of any system in your body automatically finding balance. We talk more about homeostasis in the ECS article.

Industrial Hemp

A class of hemp defined by the Uk government. By definition, a cannabis plant must contain less than 0.3% THC.


Small round sacs containing hemp oil extract used to increase the bioavailability and effectiveness of a product.


A type of cannabis cultivated for high-THC content for recreational & medical use


The act of taking small, repeated doses over a long period rather than one, more significant portion.


A water-soluble emulsion of hemp extract oil droplets. They are broken into tiny particles 25 nanometers in diameter. This process increases surface area and thus is up to 5x as bioavailable as traditional oil-based products.


Does not have a harmful effect your mind, personality or behaviour. It wont get you “stoned.”


A plant-based cannabinoids found in the species of cannabis.


The name of naturally occurring cannabinoids. Phyto as a prefix simply means derived from plants.

Plant Sterol

Cholesterol compounds that are naturally occurring in most plants.

Raw oil

A plant CO2 extraction from industrial hemp. Cannabidiolic Acid, CBD-A, comprises a significant proportion of the extracted cannabinoids in the raw oil.


Its the classification of a product defined by the levels of various cannabinoids & terpenoids found in an extractor product.


A large & diverse class of potent smelling organic compounds, produced by a variety of plants and insects. As well as this, they are known to provide a range of potential benefits through the entourage-effect.


This is created by combining a CBD isolate & a terpene extract

Tetrahydrocannabinol / Delta-9 THC

Commonly known as THC. This cannabinoid is the famous high-producing matter in marijuana. It produces euphoria and has psychedelic effects. As well as this, its also shown to carry numerous potential health benefits.


Tinctures are created by steeping cannabis flowers/isolates in high proof alcohol. It’s then applied to a low heat for an extended period. This allows the compounds in cannabis to infuse into the neutral spirit. This is then boiled. The result is a liquid which delivers the effects of the cannabinoid particles without smoking or another form of combustion.


CBD delivery method where the product is applied directly to the skin. It can come as a balm, cream or lotion. You can simply apply the balm over the areas where they’re needed.

Water Soluble CBD

A form of CBD that is water-soluble made by using nanoemulsions & liposomes. This type of CBD has a greater bioavailable than oil-based products. Its also great to add to drinks, such as coffee and smoothies


We will keep this CBD glossary up to date as new products, new production techniques and scientific evidence comes to light.

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Disclaimer: This CBD glossary is for informational & educational purposes only. It is not to provide you with medical advice. It’s not to take the place of medical advice. And, treatment from a personal physician. Consult you local GP, or, fully qualified health professionals for specific health questions. This information a guide. Its a good starting point of reference. Don’t considered medical advice.