Cannabis terminology cheat sheet

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A short list of terms related to cannabis and CBD

CBD, or cannabidiol, can be found in a plethora of products. Suffice it to mention cosmetics such as lotions and face creams, drinks like coffee, etc. So, you can find products containing it in all stores, but the information people have about CBD is still scant. Owing to the success it has shown in some research for treatment of some widespread health problems, like depression and anxiety, the general public has started getting interested in it and in the benefits it has. When you read the information, there are some specific words, terms, that people have not yet heard, but that does not mean understanding the essence about CBD is difficult. To help those looking for information about it, we have gathered the most common terms in the list below. The terms are listed in alphabetical order. 

Be sure to read the explanations before you start reading articles about CBD.


We will start with the most important term, cannabidiol, or CBD, as it is commonly referred to. This is a kind of cannabinoid which the cannabis plant produces.

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds which affect the cannabinoid receptors in the human body. These receptors belong to the endocannabinoid system and help to alter the release of neurotransmitters in the brain. Cannabidiol is just one of the 113 plus cannabinoids that can be isolated from cannabis and have diverse effects.

Broad Spectrum

Broad Spectrum is the range of all the terpenes and cannabinoids found in cannabis contained in a CBD product. The range excludes THC.

Full Spectrum

Full Spectrum is the range of all the components found in cannabis and contained in a CBD product, including THC.


Hemp is also referred to as industrial hemp. This is a strain of the plant called cannabis sativa. Since ancient times hemp fibers have served for the production of textiles, and nowadays they are also used in construction, in the production of paints, biodegradable plastic, and for food.

Endocannabinoid System

This system in the human body, commonly referred to by the abbreviation ECS, is an important system responsible for the regulation of a number of processes, such as: mood, the feeling of pain, memory, appetite, and it is also important during pregnancy. The ECS plays a crucial part in the mediation of cannabis effects: cannabis binds to its receptors. 

Entourage Effect

Entourage means “encircling”. This term refers to the interaction of cannabis compounds which synergize to enhance the auspicious effects of CBD on the body to the maximum. 


When a CBD product contains just the CBD cannabinoid, without other cannabinoids, terpenes, etc., it is called isolate.


When a drug exerts a psychoactive effect, it has an impact on the central nervous system. That impact can be in the form of temporarily altering the mood, the behavior, and even the perception of the specific person. 


Terpenes is a term by which some fragrant oils are denoted which add both scent and flavor to cannabis. The number of terpenes in the cannabis plant is large, it exceeds 100. Terpenes are important for enhancing the effect of CBD oil by synergizing with cannabinoids in the cannabis plants. 


This cannabinoid is commonly referred to by the abbreviation THC, and belongs to the group of cannabinoids that are produced by the cannabis plant. THC has a psychoactive effect; in fact, it is the primary cannabinoid having this effect. It is found in especially high amounts in a cannabis variety called cannabis indica.

We hope that the above short list of terms will help you to understand articles about CBD better. Because research into CBD application and effectiveness is expanding, in the future the list can be expanded to include more frequently used terms in this area.