Anandamide- a cannabinoid made by the body. It is a fatty acid neurotransmitter that binds to the endocannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2 . It is also called the “Bliss Molecule” and is tied to eating, sleeping, and pain relief. High levels of anandamide create an elevated mood and reduce pain.

Cannabinoids– any compound that makes up the Cannabis plant such as THC, CBD or others.

Cannabis– both the hemp and the marijuana plant. Refers to the genus of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae.

CBD or Cannabidiol- a compound found in marijuana that is not psychoactive. It has neuro-protective effects. It  and an anti-inflammatory nature.

CBN or Cannabinol–  a compound like THC and CBD that is gaining attention for relaxation and appetite stimulation benefits

Delivery– how the marijuana is delivered into the human body. Some delivery methods include smoking, juicing, vaping or vaporizing, edibles, tinctures, and oils.

Edible– a delivery method consisting of a food substance with marijuana or marijuana compounds inside it.

Encannabinoid System– a biological system found in humans and all vertebrate based life.  This system controls vital functions such as memory, appetite, sleep, mood, pain, and our immune system. We have Cannabinoid receptors on our cells. These receptors search for the encannabinoids (small molecules) to activate them. After the encannabinoids have been used, metabolic enzymes will break them down to remove them from our system.

Entourage Effect– the effect of a compound on the body because other compounds are also present. This means that the effect of THC or CBD is different from strain to strain depending on the other compounds of the plant.

FAAH– Fatty acid amide hydrolase is an enzyme that breaks down anandamide.

Hemp– cannabis plant that has a concentration of THC at 0.03% or less. Hemp is also grown for industrial purposes.

Hemp derived– a substance, like CBD, that comes from a plant with a concentration of THC at 0.03% or less. Hemp is legal in all fifty states. Hemp oil and hemp seeds are sold at health food stores.

Indica– has a higher CBD levels and produces a “body” high. It can relieve nausea and increase appetite. It assists with pain relief and relaxation. It increases dopamine levels and works well as a sleep aid.

Marihuana– alternative spelling of marijuana

Medical Marijuana– marijuana or marijuana products purchased through a state licensed dispensary.

Sativa– species- a species of Cannabis that includes the subspecies Sativa, Indica, and Ruderalis. Sativa can refer to either the species or subspecies.

Sativa-subspecies- has a higher THC level and produces a “mind” high. It can act as an anti-depressant, provide anxiety relief, and relieve chronic pain. It can increase serotonin levels. Users report a rise in creativity and focus. Sativa can refer to either the species or subspecies.

Street Weed– marijuana purchased illegally through the black market.

Terpenes– the essential oils of plants. Terpenes control the smell of the plant. Terpenes also contribute to the Entourage Effect and have their own properties. There are hundreds of terpenes in marijuana.

THC or delta-9-tetrahydrocannibinol– the psychoactive chemical compound in marijuana. It is one of more than 400 chemical compounds present in marijuana.

Vape– inhaling by mouth the substance produced by a vaporizer.

Vaporizer– a delivery method. A device which extracts compounds from marijuana or marijuana oil for inhalation.