Important Cannabis Terms You Need To Know

The world of cannabis has specific jargon that you need to be familiar with for the best user experience. This is applicable for everything weed-related, from shopping for products to reading blogs. You will gain a better understanding of the different products and the weed community as a whole if you dedicate some time and energy to learning about important cannabis terms. DaiLeaf has a mission of providing valuable information to our readers so we took it upon ourselves to compile the commonly used terms as well as their definitions.

Important Cannabis Terms

Cannabis Vs. Marijuana Vs. Hemp

The three aforementioned terms are often used interchangeably which leads to the misconception that the three are one and the same. In reality, they are different but somehow linked. Cannabis is a plant genus and it yields flowering plants which include Cannabis indica, Cannabis sativa, and Cannabis ruderalis. Marijuana and hemp are merely types of cannabis. Marijuana includes cannabis plants with more than 0.3% THC. If the plant has less than 0.3%, then it is technically classified as hemp.


Cannabinoids refer to the chemical compounds found among cannabis plants. There are 113 different cannabinoids up to date. These chemical compounds bind to the CB1 and CB2 receptors of our endocannabinoid system which account for their effects on the body. Depending on which receptor they target, this may result in effects such as pain relief, reduced anxiety, uplifted mood, and more. Some plants have a synergy of cannabinoids which result in combined effects. THC is the most abundant cannabinoid with intoxicating effects. It is the psychoactive compound that accounts for the feeling of “high” you may experience. CBD is likewise abundant but it does not have intoxicating or psychoactive effects. CBD is particularly abundant among hemp plants.

Indica Vs. Sativa Vs. Ruderalis

As aforementioned, these are the three main types of flowering plants under the Cannabis genus. Indica is largely derived from Asia and the Middle East. Its physical characteristics include its short height and bushy leaves. Sativa is likewise derived from Asia and the Middle East. It can also be found in South America, Africa, and the Caribbean. It is much taller than Indica and has a longer flowering period. Ruderalis is mainly from Russia and it is one of the recent discoveries. The plants under this category look short and squat, with a durable build.

Strains And Crossbreeding

A strain is a specific type of cannabis plant. There are currently thousands of strains available since breeders have been crossbreeding strains for decades. Landrace strains refer to local strains that are named after their region of origin. Some examples include Afghani and Thai. Much like any other plant, cannabis plants can be crossbred to come up with hybrid strains. These hybrids are refined until the breeder’s desired composition and effects are achieved.


As the name suggests, concentrates are substances with extremely high levels of cannabinoids. There are four types of concentrates being manufactured as of today: BHO – Butane Hash Oil is a sticky and thick oil. Budder – Budder has a butter-like consistency. It is soft. Crumble – Crumble is brittle and easily crumbles. Shatter – Shatter looks like a piece of stained glass. It is one of the purest concentrates available on the market.

Cannabis Products

Cannabis is available in different products to suit user preferences. Edibles – Edibles are cannabis-infused food and treats. These are consumed orally so the cannabinoids enter your system through the digestive tract. Flower – Flowers are the hairy and sticky bits of the plant. Flowers are covered in trichomes. These are harvested and dried before being sold. Flowers are versatile since you can smoke them in a blunt, bowl, or joint. Topicals – Topicals are meant to be applied on the skin. These come in the form of salves infused with cannabinoids. Vaporizers – Vaporizers or vapes allow you to electronically smoke cannabis. With this, you will need cannabis-infused vape juice. This also yields vapors instead of smokes. Oil – Oil is also known as tinctures. This is meant to be consumed sublingually. A few drops will be placed under your tongue before you swallow. This can also be mixed with your drinks or food. It comes in flavored or unflavored varieties.

Medical Marijuana Terms

Access Point – This refers to authorized locations where you can purchase medical marijuana. Budtender – The budtender is the licensed attendant at dispensaries. They are available to offer assistance and answer questions related to medical marijuana products. Dispensary – This is the licensed store that sells medical marijuana. MMJ Card – MMJ or medical marijuana card is necessary for purchasing medical marijuana. This is granted by your physician and it proves that you are legitimately allowed to access medical marijuana.

Other Terms

Co-Op – Also known as co-operative, this term refers to a group of people who work together to grow a lot of cannabis plants. The members of the group can share their yield to fellow members. These groups are often formed as a way to get around government restrictions on the number of plants an individual can grow, Hydroponics – Hydroponics are cannabis plants that do not require soil to grow. Instead, they only need water and sunlight. The water must be infused with the appropriate nutrients to promote their growth. Kief – Kief refers to the trichomes that fall from the flower. These trichomes are rich in THC. Live Resin – Live resin is a type of cannabis concentrate that is obtained by flash-freezing freshly harvested cannabis plants. This process preserves the terpenes and cannabinoids in which a solvent is added in order to extract the live resin. These terms should help you gain comprehension of the world of cannabis, especially if you are only getting started. Subscribe to DaiLeaf for more informational blogs like this. 

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