Cannabis Terminology

For your convenience, we've included a list of terms related to the medical cannabis industry.



Cannabis Terms


Anandamide - Anandamide (or arachidonyl-ethanolamide) is an endocannabinoid or endogenous ligand to the cannabinoid receptor.


Cannabidiol  or CBD - The major non-psychotropic cannabinoid found in Cannabis. It has shown anti-epileptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-emetic, muscle relaxing, anxiolytic, neuroprotective and anti-psychotic activity and reduces the psychoactive effects of THC.


Cannabinoids - In a narrow sense, it designates the natural cannabinoids of the cannabis plant. In the broadest sense, it includes all chemicals that bind to the cannabinoid receptors and related compounds.


Cannabinoid Receptors - Several cells in the brain and other organs contain specific protein receptors that recognize THC and some other cannabinoids and trigger cell responses.


Cannabis - Cannabis sativa L. is the botanical name and Latin binomial of hemp.


Dronabinol - Dronabinol is the INN (international non-proprietary name) of the isomer of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol that is present in the cannabis plant, the (-)-trans-isomer.


Endocannabinoids - The endogenous ligands of the cannabinoid receptors have been termed endogenous cannabinoids or endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids are produced by the body of humans and animals.


Endogenous - Produced by the body, not delivered from external sources. The endogenous cannabinoids are called endocannabinoids.


Hashish - Hashish is an Arabic name for cannabis resin or compressed resin glands, containing 5-20% or even more THC.


Hemp - Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) is an annual plant, normally dioecious, with male and female flowers developing on separate plants.


Ligand - A ligand binds to a specific receptor. The ligands of the cannabinoid receptor are called cannabinoids. The endogenous ligands of the cannabinoid receptor are called endocannabinoids.


Marijuana - Marijuana (marihuana) is a colloquial name for dried leaves and flowers of drug cannabis varieties rich in THC (1-20% THC).


THC- (tetrahydrocannabinol)is the principal psychoactive constituent (or cannabinoid) of the cannabis plant.

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