WTH is CBD? 24 Terms You Should Know When Shopping for CBD

At Zoia CBD, we want to walk with you on your journey to good health and wellness. One way we do that is by helping to filter the information from the noise (and there’s a lot of it out there!). We have created this CBD glossary for you as a tool to help navigate the all-too-confusing landscape of CBD. That way, you can understand what the heck all this CBD language means and make the most-informed decisions for yourself and your loved ones.

  1. Bioavailability – the amount of the substance that actually enters the bloodstream and is used by the body.
    Broad Spectrum – a cannabis product that contains more than just CBD, such as some minor cannabinoids and terpenes, but usually no THC.
  2. Cannabidiol (CBD) – one of the primary cannabinoids found in cannabis. Not associated with the typical psychoactive effects.
  3. Cannabinoid – cannabinoid molecules produced by the cannabis plant.
  4. Cannabis Oil – an oil derived from Cannabis. Can be used to describe CBD Oil, but is often used to describe High THC oils.
  5. CBD Oil – a cannabis product (hemp or marijuana derived) that is high in CBD.Certificate of Analysis (COA) – a certificate/report provided by a testing facility as verification that certain tests were performed, as well as their results. Often contains potency tests, heavy metals tests, solvent tests, and/or terpene tests.
  6. Dabbing – a consumption method requiring cannabis concentrates that are heated and inhaled. Separate from vaping or smoking.
  7. Endocannabinoids – cannabinoid molecules produced naturally by the body.
  8. Entourage Effect – a concept where all of the components (cannabinoids, terpenes, etc) in the plant work together in the body, boosting each other to create a balanced, synergistic effect.  Typically lacking in isolate products.
  9. Full Spectrum – a cannabis product that contains not only CBD, but also some other cannabinoids (usually THC), and terpenes in their naturally occurring quantities.
  10. Hemp – any cannabis plant containing less than 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis
  11. Hemp Oil – an oil that is derived from hemp cannabis. Usually as hemp seed oil, but can be CBD oil.
  12. Isolate – a cannabis product that contains only CBD.
  13. Marijuana – any cannabis plant containing over 0.3% THC on a dry weight basis
  14. Microdosing – a dosing method where you take very small doses throughout the day, instead of big ones once or twice a day.
  15. Oil – an oil-based product used sublingually or orally.
  16. Oral – a consumption method that entails you swallowing the product (commonly Capsules, Gummies, Pills).
  17. Sublingual – a consumption method that entails you applying the product under the tongue.
  18. Terpenes – oils found in all plants that give the plant scent, flavor, and additional benefits
  19. Terpsolate – a cannabis product that contains CBD and terpenes.
  20. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – one of the primary cannabinoids found in cannabis. Associated with psychoactive effects.
  21. Third Party Lab Report – see “Certificate of Analysis” (COA) above.
  22. Tincture – traditionally used to describe alcohol based products, but now used to describe even oil-based products. Typically used sublingually or orally.
  23. Topical – a product or method that requires you to apply the product to the skin topically. Does not get into bloodstream.
  24. Transdermal – a product or method that requires you to apply the product to the skin. Does get into the bloodstream. Contains special permeability enhancers.

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