Top 10 CBD Terms to Know and Learn

Be a smart CBD shopper by learning ten of the most important CBD terms and lingo. Whether you’re a newbie or just in need of a refresher, this list has you covered.

In shopping for anything you put on and in your body, it’s important to know what they are, how they work, or even how they’re made. Especially with relatively new products like CBD (cannabidiol), you’ve got to know your way around the shop.

Budtenders come in handy in answering every question that you might have, but going out is still not an option for some countries as we’re still in the middle of a pandemic. Therefore, we mostly rely on ourselves and the world wide web for unknown CBD terms. 

In this article, we break down ten of the most important and common CBD terms that you need to learn to navigate the CBD market smartly. 

1) Cannabidiol 

(Noun; Pronounced as kan-eh-buh-die-el

Cannabidiol or CBD is a compound derived from the cannabis plant and is maybe the most important item in this list. This naturally occurring cannabinoid is often transformed into oils, tinctures, edibles, topicals, and so on. Unlike its cousin compound (THC or tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD is non-intoxicating.

2) Terpenes 

(Noun; Pronounced as tur-peens)

Similar to CBD, terpenes can also be found in the cannabis plant. These aromatic compounds create scents unique to each cannabis strain. Aside from its aromatic and flavor-giving abilities, terpenes primarily exist to protect plants from infectious diseases and animals. 

Some known terpenes are limonene, pinene, linalool, myrcene, beta-caryophyllene, and humulene.

3) Cannabinoids 

(Noun; Pronounced as ka-nuh-buh-noyd)

Cannabinoids are compounds found in the cannabis plant. Among the over 100 officially identified cannabinoids in cannabis, two of the most well known are THC and CBD.  

4) Hemp 

(Noun; Pronounced as hemp)

Hemp or industrial hemp refers to a variety of the cannabis plant. Hemp may also refer to the fiber a cannabis plant contains.  

Although both hemp and marijuana derive from Cannabis sativa, they are different strains with distinct phytochemical compositions and industrial uses. Compared to marijuana, hemp has relatively low levels of THC with a higher concentration of CBD. 

Sometimes, to distinguish it from marijuana, hemp can also mean a cannabis plant that possesses 0.3 percent or less THC content by dry weight.

5) Full-spectrum 

(Adjective; Pronounced as ful spek-trem)

Full-spectrum refers to a type of CBD product that contains multiple cannabis compounds such as terpenes and cannabinoids. 

The most important thing to note on full-spectrum CBD products is that they may contain up to 0.3 percent of the psychoactive THC. However, note that 0.3 percent is not potent enough to elicit a significant feeling of “high.”

6) Broad-spectrum 

(Adjective; Pronounced as brod spek-trum)

Broad-spectrum is another CBD product term that refers to containing every element of the cannabis plant (e.g. terpenes and other cannabinoids) except THC.


(Adjective; Pronounced as eye-suh-layt)

This pure CBD product type contains no other cannabis elements except CBD. Best products if you are looking to 100% avoid THC for any drug testing purposes.

8) Bioavailability 

(Noun; Pronounced as by-oh-ah-vale-ah-bill-ah-tee)

Bioavailability refers to how fast CBD takes effect. Some of the fastest “effect period” occurs through smoking and vaping. In second place, tincture absorption through the tongue takes about 10 minutes. Edibles work the slowest but are usually long-lasting.

9) Certificate of Analysis (COA) 

(Noun; Pronounced as sir-tiff-ik-et uf an-al-uh-suss)

Certificate of Analysis or COA is a laboratory report that discloses the chemical contents (cannabinoid, terpene, and contaminant profile) of a CBD product. CBD brands often have COAs attached to any of their marketing materials

Third-party laboratories accomplish COAs. These non-affiliated testing entities are independent bodies, free from the pressure and influence of the company that asks for their service. Simply put, do not buy products that don’t have valid COAs on file!

10) Psychoactive 

(Adjective; Pronounced as sigh-ko-ak-tiv)

When a CBD product has more than 0.3 percent THC, it is considered psychoactive or mind-altering. Therefore, be careful when you shop on CBD products. If you don’t mean to get high, veer away from products labelled psychoactive or have more than 0.3 percent THC.

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