Terms to Know for the “Light” Canna-Consumer

After the legalization of recreational cannabis in many states, a new kind of “canna-consumer” emerged: thoughtful women who “do it all” wanting to find a healthy alternative to consuming alcohol and pharmaceuticals for daily relief. Between the wellness benefits of the plant and its newly legal accessibility, we realized edibles can offer an all-natural alternative. Luxley was created with this light user in mind. While we fully acknowledge and appreciate the history and depth of the industry, it’s rich with terms often overwhelming to many new users. So, we curated an abridged list to help us “light” canna-consumers.

Budtender:

A sales employee of a dispensary who is knowledgeable on products and their impact. They help customers make informed purchase and use decisions.

Cannabinoids:

The naturally-occurring chemical components found in cannabis. There are over a hundred in the plant, some of which (e.g, THC and CBD) are more well-known than others.

Cannabis:

A type of plant indigenous to the Indian subcontinent and Central Asia which has robust applications both medically and nutritionally as well as psychoactive effects with certain use. Cannabis is also known as: marijuana, pot, weed, ganja, and reefer.

Capsules:

A cannabis format similar to a gel cap medication. These are ingested orally and then dissolve (in about 30 minutes), releasing cannabis into the bloodstream.

CBD (Cannabidiol):

A very popular cannabinoid found in both cannabis and hemp plants. On its own, CBD has no psychoactive effects, but instead serves as a balance and slight inhibitor of the effects of THC. It is utilized to assist with various medical conditions including: pain, nausea, lack of appetite, and stress/anxiety, among others. The benefits of CBD are seemingly enhanced with even the smallest amounts of THC due to the entourage effect; this means, for maximum efficacy, CBD must come from cannabis and not from hemp.

CBN (Cannabinol):

An increasingly popular cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant that has no psychoactive effects and provides sedative-like impacts. It is utilized to assist with various medical conditions including: sleep, pain, stress/anxiety, and others.

Dispensary:

A location legally allowed to serve as a retail space selling cannabis. A dispensary can sell cannabis for medical purposes, recreational purposes, or both depending on each state’s legalization status.

Distillate:

A refined form of oil that isolates specific cannabinoids for use in cannabis products (e.g. as the oil in vape pens or as an ingredient in edibles). It is odorless, tasteless, and completely solvent-free.

Dosing:

The amount of each cannabinoid within a given product. Transparent dosing breaks out the specific amounts of each cannabinoid (THC, CBD, CBN, etc.). The differing levels of cannabinoids as well as the mixture of them leads to varying impacts.

Edibles:

A cannabis product which is consumed orally, as either food or drink. Popular forms of edibles include gummies, mints, and chocolate. Edibles are digested through the body’s stomach, delaying the onset of effects and extending their impact versus some other approaches (e.g. smoking cannabis). Luxley offers a premium, all-natural line of gummy florets.

Endocannabinoid System:

The body’s system that responds to cannabinoids and maintains the body’s internal stability by regulating neurotransmitters and bodily functions (e.g. sleep, emotion, movement, and appetite). This system is impacted by cannabis use and provides the positive benefits from the plant in the body.

Entourage Effect:

The proposed concept that combining different cannabinoids (e.g. THC or CBD) provides an intensified physical or psychological experience due to their synergistic nature.

Flower:

The hairy or sticky portion of the cannabis plant that is harvested for usage in any cannabis product. If you buy cannabis to smoke unprocessed, it is the flower of the plant.

Full-Spectrum:

A type of cannabis concentrate that aims to capture all of the therapeutic compounds, such as cannabinoids and terpenes, of the whole cannabis plant. Products using this approach almost always leave a cannabis aftertaste.

Hemp:

A variation of a cannabis plant that has less than 0.3% THC. It is non-psychoactive and thought to lose the entourage effect found in a pure cannabis plant.

Hybrid:

A curated mix of two cannabis strains. In general, there are three different types of hybrid strains: sativa-dominant, indica-dominant, and balanced – having an even mix of sativa and indica components.

Indica:

A strain of cannabis known for its sedative quality. It is known for helping with anxiety and pain reduction.

Medical Marijuana:

Cannabis sold to medical marijuana patients only. A physician must prescribe cannabis for the patient. Medical marijuana is more readily available across the US than recreational. THC potency limits for medical marijuana vary from state to state but are almost always higher than recreational marijuana products.

Microdosing:

A method of utilizing cannabis in small doses to minimize the cognitive impacts while maximizing the plants benefits. Usually 1-2.5mg of THC per dose, but sometimes up to 5mg for differing tolerances. Learn more about Microdosing in our post, Microdosing: A Modern Approach to Cannabis Use.

Ratio:

The numerical comparison of differing cannabinoids in a product, but most commonly seen as THC to CBD. Each ratio plays an important role in how cannabinoids interact with your body. For example, a ratio of 1 THC to 1 CBD usually offers a balanced high that promotes peace and tranquility. Luxley’s BREATHE gummy does just this.

Recreational Marijuana:

Cannabis sold in a state allowing anyone of a certain age to buy at a licensed retailer. Recreational THC potency limits vary from state to state but are almost always lower than medical marijuana products.

Sativa:

A strain of cannabis known for its stimulating effects. It is usually sought for nights out or daytime use and thought to help with depression, nausea, and creativity enhancement.

Strain:

Cannabis plants have specific characteristics unique to the plant. Generally, cannabis is divided into three categories: indica, sativa, and hybrid. Indica has a relaxing effect on the user while sativa has a more energizing effect. A hybrid is a combination of the two.

Sub-Lingual:

An approach to consumption in which a product (e.g, mint or tincture) is placed under the tongue for absorption. The impacts are faster hitting than edibles because it absorbs straight into the bloodstream.

Terpenes:

Components of cannabis which intensify the whole plant’s impact. They provide specific odors and may play a key role in differentiating the effects of various cannabis strains. One common cannabis terpene is myrcene which reduces inflammation and chronic pain (also found in holy basil). Another is limonene known to improve mood and relieves stress (also found in citrus peels).

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinal):

The most common cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant and accounts for most of the psychoactive effects. It is utilized to assist with various medical conditions including: pain, insomnia, nausea, lack of appetite, stress/anxiety, and several others.

THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinalic Acid):

The precursor to THC with no psychoactive effects. THCA becomes THC through light and heat – by smoking dried plant for example. THCA makes fresh, raw cannabis a superfood with many believed health and nutritional benefits.

Tincture:

A cannabis product that you drop into your mouth, food, or drink for ingestion. This allows for exact dosing or microdosing as desired. Tinctures take longer to kick in versus smoke inhalation but less time than edibles.

Topicals:

Products placed directly on the skin. Some topicals like lotions and creams will not give you a head high because the cannabis is absorbed through the skin and never enters the bloodstream. However, the medication in transdermal patches works its way into the bloodstream and may have psychoactive effects. Topicals are usually used for pain relief.

Vaping:

The process of inhaling the gas from the heated oil of a vape cartridge. This is usually done through a vape pen and is an alternative to smoking joints/blunts or out of a pipe/bong. Vaping is more discreet than smoking as this method doesn’t produce heavy smoke or pungent odors.

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