Just a few decades ago, the cannabis community was deeply divided on the terminology for marijuana, cannabis, hemp. Some preferred the traditional name while others were in favor of new slang terms.

However, the recent surge in interest and obsession with this herb has paved the way for a burgeoning industry. With a plethora of cannabis products and ways to enjoy cannabis - from edibles to tinctures, joints to bongs, and much more - it has gained massive popularity across the world. It has also led to the creation of a near-endless list of new terms to describe cannabis, some of which have now become mainstream.

Keep yourself well-informed and sound like a green thumb with this growing list of dispensary terminology. Stay ahead of the game and elevate your cannabis slang game.

dispensary terminology


This refers to the precise percentage of the active ingredient that successfully reaches its intended destination.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

A non-intoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis.


Cannabis contains a complex chemical compound.

Cold Start Method

Where the concentrate is inside the nail prior to heating it. Then, place the carb cap on top while carefully heating the nail for about 10 seconds.


Identified by its malleable texture that falls apart, or “crumbles”, when handled.

Dab Rig

A water pipe with a fitting for a nail rather than a bowl.


This term describes the sudden evaporation of cannabis extracts or concentrates, also known as flash vaporization.

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

The main psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis.


Distillate is the cornerstone to many cannabis products – it's first refined extensively to increase its potency and versatility, and then used to make edibles, topicals, vapes and much more.

Entourage Effect

The Entourage Effect is a phenomenon in which various compounds present in cannabis work together to create a more significant impact than if they were used independently. Rather than producing isolated effects, they produce a more holistic experience.


Electronic nails, or E-nails, are pricier than standard options, but serve as a wise investment for devoted dabbers.


Edibles refer to any type of food that contains cannabis.


Endocannabinoid an organic compound produced by the body that binds to cannabinoid receptors.

Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

The Endocannabinoid System (ECS) is a complex signaling network that plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy balance within the human body. It helps regulate everything from mood and appetite to immune function and pain sensation. Overall, the ECS is an incredible example of the intricate biological systems that make human life possible.

Entourage Effect

Entourage Effect the combined effect of different compounds found in cannabis that work together as a whole to produce a greater effect than if working separately to produce separate effects.

Ethanol Solvent

Ethanol Solvent we use in the extraction process.


Flavonoids a lesser known class of compounds with therapeutic value that interact with the endocanna-bi-noid system.

Full Spectrum Extracts

Full Spectrum Extracts
often called whole plant extracts, maintain the full profile of the cannabis plant.


Genotype the genetic characteristics of an organism. Homeostasisan organism’s process of maintaining a stable internal environment suitable for sustaining life.


‍Indica subspecies of cannabis plants that tend to grow short with thick stems and broad, deep-green leaves. They also have short flow-ering cycles, and grow sufficiently in cold, short-season climates.


Marijuana is a type of plant composed of dried flower clusters and leaves which are smoked, vaporized or ingested in edible form.

It comes from the Cannabis sativa species of plants. Marijuana contains receptors called cannabinoids which can have psychoactive effects on the user. The primary cannabinoid responsible for these effects is tetrahydrocannabinol, also known as THC.


Neuroplasticity the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life.


Purging removal of residual solvents.


Receptors an organ or cell able to respond to external stimulus and transmit a signal to a sensory nerve.

Rick Simpson Oil

Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)originated in 2003 when Simpson used full-spectrum cannabis oil topically to treat his skin cancer.


Rosin a concentration process that utilizes a combination of heat and pressure.


Sativa subspecies of cannabis plants that have longer flowering cycles, fare better in warm climates with long seasons, and usually grow taller with light-green, narrow leaves.


Shatter a brittle, glasslike, cannabis extract with a tendency to snap when handled.


Solvent dissolves the trichomes on cannabis flower to extract beneficial compounds, while leaving behind undesirables (chlorophyll, lipids, and waxes).


Solventless concentrates use heat, pressure, and filtration to concentrate the cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant.


Use collapsible tabs for more detailed information that will help customers make a purchasing decision.

Ex: Shipping and return policies, size guides, and other common questions.