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CANNABIS 101

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You’re going to love this lesson.
Cannabis is complex, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. Getting the experience you want begins with knowing how cannabis works— and it’s not just strains and formats, either.

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE

True or False:
You can get a good sense of a strain’s effects from whether it’s indica-dominant or sativa-dominant.
You’re right! Dominance is just one of many potential clues.
Not so fast. There’s a lot more than dominance that determines a strain’s effect.
Cannabinoids, one of the compounds found in cannabis, get you high.
Sorry, we tricked you. Not every cannabinoid gets you high.
You’re pretty smart, aren’t you? Correct: Not all cannabinoids get you high.
What’s CBN?
Sorry, no drama here—just one of many cannabinoids we’re still exploring
You really know what you’re talking about, don’t you?
What is the “entourage effect?”
Nailed it. Again.
Close, but, you’re thinking of the Entourage effect—capitalization matters
Where does cannabis get its smell?
Yes, and so do lots of other things—from lemons to rosemary.
Say it with us: I will study my cannabis. I will study my cannabis. I will study my cannabis.
Not too shabby…
You got /5 right, but there’s always room to learn more. Keep reading or jump to a section you’re feeling particularly fuzzy about using the menu below.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The low down on the high

Cannabis contains a variety of powerful compounds, which interact with your endocannabinoid system (ECS) to produce a broad range of effects, everything from increasing appetite (munchies, anyone?) to decreasing pain. The two most important are terpenes and cannabinoids, which work together (in what’s called the entourage effect) to affect the ECS.

TERPENES

The real magic makers

Terpenes are aromatic oils that give cannabis its taste and smell, as well as contributing to its therapeutic and medicinal effect. You’ll recognize many of them not by their name, but by the other places you’ve found them—in the items you use every day. You can explore some of the most common below.

VOCABULARY

Let’s start with the basics:
here’s how to talk the toke

BONG

A pipe for smoking cannabis (usually made of glass) that uses water to cool and diffuse smoke as it’s inhaled

BUDTENDER

The person working at your local dispensary, revered for their knowledge of cannabis (yeah, we said it)

CONCENTRATES

Cannabis concentrates are the product of distilling down the most desirable parts of the plant—removing the impurities leaving behind the cannabinoids and terpenes

DANK

A word that’s often used to describe cannabis that’s sticky, stanky, and with a high quality

EDIBLES

Edibles are food products infused with cannabis oil or butter, they can range from gummies, and chocolates to drinks, and capsules

HYBRID

A cross between two or more strains of cannabis, often producing its own effects

PHENOTYPE

Growers talk about a plant’s phenotype, its physical characteristics (like height, color, configuration of leaves, etc.)

PRE-ROLL

A marijuana cigarette that can be purchased pre-rolled from a dispensary; you might also call it a joint

TRICHOME

The glands on cannabis that give it its fuzzy look, and where many of a plant’s cannabinoids are produced

TINCTURES

Cannabis tinctures are alcohol-based cannabis extracts that can be administered orally, sublingually, or mixed in foods or beverages

TOPICALS

Topicals are cannabis-infused lotions and balms, they are a great way to get the pain-relieving benefits of cannabis without getting high

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