FAQ Group: Glossary of Terms

Cannabis indica

A species of cannabis that originates from the Hindu Kush mountain range within Afghanistan and Pakistan. The plants are normally bushier than Cannabis sativa.

Cannabis ruderalis

Cannabis ruderalis is a less-common type of cannabis plant that is often used by breeders to enhance their hybrids. It is short and stalky with light green leaves, and tends to be rugged and auto-flowering.

Cannabis sativa

A species of cannabis that originates from South America, the Caribbean and Africa. The plants are normally taller and more slender than Cannabis indica.

CBD

Cannabidiol, one of the close to 100 cannabinoids found in cannabis. Unlike THC, it doesn’t produce a psychoactive effect, but rather a “body” effect. It can also modify THC’s psychoactive properties. Average CBD levels in cannabis are between 1 and 4%, although it can be as high as 15%.

Cola

A cluster of buds on a female cannabis plant where the highest concentration of cannabinoids are found. Cola is the botanical term that describes the flowering site of a female plant that consists of the entire flower as well as its connection to the larger plant.

Curing

The slow drying process that contributes to developing cannabis’ distinct taste and aroma.

Decarboxylation

A chemical process that occurs when cannabis is heated, which removes the carboxyl of cannabinoid molecules, turning non-psychoactive cannabinoids such as THCA or CBDA into their psychoactive derivatives, THC or CBD.

Edibles

Cannabis products such as brownies or beverages, that have been infused with cannabis extracts or concentrates, all of which contain active ingredients such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD)

Flower

The part of the cannabis plant that is dried, smoked, vaped or used to make lotions, tinctures, etc. Only female plants flower.