One of the things that often surprises new cannabis users is just how much unique vocabulary is used in the cannabis industry. The first time you visit the dispensary, start reading the signs, and start listening to conversations, you may feel almost like you're experiencing a foreign language. Thankfully, though, there are a few key terms that, when learned, can help boost your understanding and familiarity.
At the dispensary, you may see sheets listing the cannabinoids found in various strains of marijuana. Cannabinoids are just the active compounds in the plant. THC is one of them — the one that gets you high. CBD is another one with known therapeutic qualities.
Loose marijuana — the stuff you smoke — is actually the flowers of the plant. Thus, many dispensaries refer to it as "flower."
There are different strains, or types, of cannabis, just like there are different kinds of apples. Each strain has its own look and different levels of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids.
This is one category of cannabis strains. Indica strains are known for being more relaxing. This is the type of cannabis that makes you want to do nothing more than lie on the couch.
Sativa strains are more energizing. These strains can make you feel motivated, and they can elevate your mood.
Many of the strains you see at a dispensary will be labeled "hybrid." This means they are a blend between indica and sativa strains.
Terpenes are components in the marijuana that give it a scent. If the dispensary labels a strain "great terpenes" or "heavy on the terpenes," then you can expect that strain to be very aromatic. Some believe that these terpenes have additional therapeutic effects.
If a dispensary worker tells you that some flower has lovely trichomes, they are referring to the crystals of resin on the surface of the flower. These trichomes contain THC and other cannabinoids.
Vape is short for "vaporizer." There are actually two different kinds of vaporizers seen in the marijuana industry. The first is used with dry flower; it converts the THC directly into a vapor. The second is used with a liquid concentrate into which the THC has been extracted.
Hopefully knowing these terms will allow you to make more sense of your first visit to the dispensary. In time, you, too, will learn the vast vocabulary of the cannabis industry.
To learn more, contact a cannabis dispensary.