Cannabis Glossary

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).

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Edibles
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.)

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

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.

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

FECO
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.

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

Hash
A solid cannabis resin that is created by compressing kief.

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

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

Kief
A powdery substance containing cannabinoids taken from cannabis flower trichomes.

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

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

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

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.

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

Terpenes
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.

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

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

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

Vapouriser
A device used to heat cannabis for inhalation without smoke.

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