Cannabis Glossary

An endocannabinoid with neuromodulatory that is present in high levels in the central nervous system.

An endocannabinoid that affects memory, appetite, sleep and pain relief, and is also involved in motivation, a sense of wellbeing and pleasure.

Authorised Prescriber
A medical practitioner who is allowed to supply a particular therapeutic good (Eg. Medicinal Cannabis) to specified patients without requiring separate approval (Eg. Special Access Scheme).

A recreational device, usually consisting of a glass pipe and chamber, used to smoke cannabis.

The flower of a marijuana plant containing the highest concentration of cannabinoids which is used for recreational or medicinal purposes via smoking or extraction.

Chemical compounds that interact with cannabinoid receptors in the human body.

A flowering plant from the Cannabacae family known for its psychedelic and medicinal effects.

CBC (Cannabichromene)
A non-psychoactive minor cannabinoid thought to have effects on pain, inflammation, cancer, cognition and depression.

CBD (Cannabidiol)
One of two major cannabinoids found in cannabis that is used to treat pain, inflammation and anxiety without the psychoactive effects that cause the feeling of being high or stoned.

CBD Isolate
An ultra-refined form of CBD (usually powder or crystal) which contains no other chemicals or compounds such as THC.

CBG (Cannabigerol)
A non-psychoactive minor cannabinoid thought to have effects on pain, inflammation, pleasure, motivation, appetite and sleep.

CBN (Cannabinol)
A non-psychoactive minor cannabinoid thought to have effects on sleep, pain and inflammation.

An identical plant created from cutting a stem off a host cannabis plant and replanting it.

An Australian pharmacy with experience in medical cannabis, where patients can safely access legal cannabis products.

Refined cannabis extract used for vaping and other cannabis products.

Food products made using cannabis as an ingredient.

Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
A regulatory system within the human body that is important for homeostasis (stability of temperature, acidity, water levels, etc.)

Cannabinoids produced naturally within the animal (and human) body. They help cells within your body to communicate.

Endocannabinoid Defficiency
A theory that a lower endocannabinoid function produces increased mood, sleep, pain and digestion disorders.

Entourage Effect
A theory that describes the potential synergistic effect that forms between cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other plant constituents found in cannabis, when consumed by humans.

Ethanol Extraction
An extraction process that strips the cannabis plant of active cannabinoids and using ethyl or isopropyl alcohol, leaving a resinous ‘oil’ like substance.

A carrier oil used to assist absorption and dosing of medicinal cannabis.

Full Extract Cannabis Oil – A tincture that uses whole plant extract to maintain as many phytocannabinoids from the plant as possible.

Feminised seeds
Seeds that only produce female cannabis plants which contain flower.

Compounds found in cannabis plants that affect the colour, odour and flavour of a given cannabis strain.

A solid cannabis resin that is created by compressing kief.

A plant in the Cannabaceae family with a low THC content used for industrial purposes. Hemp can sometimes contain higher concentrations of CBD.

A species of cannabis that tends to produce more calming and relaxing effects when consumed

A powdery substance containing cannabinoids taken from cannabis flower trichomes.

MCT Oil (Medium Chain Triglyceride)
A flavourless and odourless carrier oil made from coconut that is used to help consume and absorb cannabis.

Medicinal Cannabis
Pharmaceutical grade cannabis used to target and treat symptoms of a specific medical condition.

Cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant that interact with the endocannabinoid system.

Purified CBD
Cannabis products that only use isolated CBD rather than a combination of cannabinoids. This product does not engage the theorised entourage effect.

Recreational Cannabis
Non-medical Cannabis used for fun or psychedelic effects.

A naturally occurring, sticky and sap-like substance produced by the cannabis flower trichomes that contains active compounds and cannabinoids such as THC and CBD.

A species of cannabis plant that tends to produce more uplifting and cerebral effects when consumed.

A specific type or breed of cannabis that produces its own unique attributes and effects.

Special Access Scheme (SAS)
An Australian pathway available for doctors to apply for authority to prescribe unapproved therapeutic goods (such as medicinal cannabis) to patients.

Supercritical CO2 extraction
A form of cannabis extraction that uses heated and pressurised carbon dioxide as a solvent to dissolve cannabinoids from the plants trichomes.

A medical consultation with a health care provider conducted via phone.

Organic compounds found in plants that are responsible for different aromas and flavours that may play a role in the entourage effect.

TGA (Therapeutic Goods Administration)
The regulatory authority responsible for the quality standards of all medicines  in Australia including Medicinal Cannabis.

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)
One of two major cannabinoids found in cannabis with recreational and medicinal properties. THC is responsible for the psychedelic or ‘high’ feeling associated with marijuana.

A formulation that mixes cannabis extract with an excipient such as MCT oil for dosing under the tongue via a dropper.

A device used to heat cannabis for inhalation without smoke.

Whole plant extract
A Cannabis extract that maintains all the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids from the cannabis flower.

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