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Cannabis – a plant genus with two primary species. These are Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica. Both are used to produce both medical and recreational marijuana products.

Cannabidiol (CBD) - a cannabinoid derived from Cannabis, with the chemical formula C21H30O2 , and is non-psychoactive. CBD has a wide variety of promising medicinal properties and physiological effects.


Cannabinoids - compounds unique to Cannabis that include THC, CBD and CBN. Over 100 cannabinoids have been identified.

Cannabinol (CBN) – a psychoactive cannabinoid found only in trace amounts in Cannabis sativa and characterized for its sedative effects. Sometimes confused with CBD.

Dietary Supplement(unregulated) product intended for ingestion that contains a "dietary ingredient" (vitamin, mineral, herb) intended to add further nutritional value to (supplement) the diet.

Hemp - refers to strains of Cannabis sativa that have been bred specifically for fiber used for clothing and construction, oils and topical ointments, nutritional benefits and a wide and growing variety of other purposes that don’t involve intoxication (< 0.3% THC).

Marijuana – a slang term used to describe strains of Cannabis sativa specifically bred for the potent resinous glands (trichomes) that grow on the flowers and some leaves, or buds (high THC).

Medical Dispensary – a dedicated store where medical cannabis is sold to prescribed patients.

Medical Marijuana - prescribed by a physician for the treatment of a medical condition (where legalized).

Nutraceutical (unregulated) food containing health-giving additives and having medicinal benefit.

Recreational Marijuana – used without medical justification for its psychoactive effects (but, this definition is changing).

Pharmaceutical - compound manufactured for use as a medicinal drug.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) –a cannabinoid derived from Cannabis, with the chemical formula C21H30O2 , and is psychoactive (delivers the “high”). THC has many medicinal properties and physiological effects.


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