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CBD Terms You Should Know

AceApe's Dictionary of CBD Terms



There are a vast number of words used in reference to CBD and cannabis in general, so we've compiled a few of the terms that are more commonly used with reference to CBD for your use below. 

We recommend that you be able to identify what these words mean before you jump into cannabis use of any form without knowing what you're getting into.

**As always, be sure to consult your doctor for medical advice on what may be most beneficial for your health and wellness goals when beginning the use of CBD or cannabis!




The variety of cannabis plant species that is cultivated specifically for industrial use. Hemp has low levels of THC and high levels of CBD and thus does not have psychoactive properties. Hemp itself has a vast amount of applicable uses beyond just CBD oil.




A genus (group) of flowering plants that include 3 different species known as Cannabis sativaCannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis. Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa species.




A class of natural chemical compounds that interact with our endocannabinoid system.




A cannabinoid that is derived from plants - most notably, cannabis.




A non-psychotropic (non-inebriating) cannabinoid of the cannabis plant. Also known as CBD.




The main psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. Also known as THC.



Psychoactive substance

A chemical substance that alters the function of the brain and creates a change in perception, mood, or consciousness - a high. The term psychoactive is different from the term psychotropic, which instead implies that a substance has an effect on mental state just like psychoactive substances, but without the high - for example anti-anxiety and anti-depression medications, anti-epileptics, and some stimulants and sedatives.




The drawing out, or removing, of the cannabinoids and flavors from a plant's parts.




A chemical process that requires heat to remove a carboxyl group and release carbon dioxide. The decarboxylation of CBDa (the precursor of CBD) “activates” the compound, causing the change into CBD. This allows for the full experience of all the benefits of CBD.



Hemp Oil

Oil extracted from high-CBD, low-THC hemp. Hemp oil contains only trace amounts of THC, and is therefore non-psychoactive. [Please note that products that are labeled Hemp Oil may not contain any CBD at all, so be sure to search for products that specify CBD Oil or list the amount of CBD in the product.]




The introduction of hemp into other substances, like food or skincare products.




The concentration, or strength, of the solution. Strength refers to how much CBD is in a particular product. Most CBD products measure the amount of CBD in a product by milligrams (mg).




The amount of a substance, in this case CBD, contained within a solution or in a particular volume of space.




A small, ingestible container that encases a vitamin or supplement to be delivered to the body.



A concentrated form of hemp oil. Concentrates are pure oils extracted directly from the hemp plant, without any additives.



Liquid extracts that are typically taken orally, under the tongue (sublingually).




Foods and beverages infused with CBD, such as chocolates, gummies, and bottled water.




Products applied directly to areas on the body. This includes lotions, salves, muscle rubs, and other similar products.




The act of vaporizing the active ingredients of plant material or liquid for use via inhalation. Vape is also used to describe the liquids that are made specifically for use in vaporization.




The term to describe an application of product underneath the tongue.



We hope you've found this information useful, and if you have a term you'd like to see added, let us know in the comments!

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