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Medical Marijuana 101

Medical Marijuana 101

A glossary of common medical marijuana terms

If you’re new to medical marijuana, there is plenty to learn! We believe that the best patient is a knowledgeable patient, so we’ve created this starter guide. This includes a lot of the terms we use at HoneyGrove, including the types of products we sell and how they’re used, to help you figure out the best product
for you.

And, of course, we’re always available in our dispensary to answer your questions.


Cannabinoids: Compounds in the cannabis plant, which activate receptors in the brain to produce medicinal effects.

Cannabis: The scientific term for marijuana.

CBD (Cannabidiol): A medicinal cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant, with non-psychoactive effects. CBD products are often the answer for patients who are looking for medicinal effects without the “getting high.”

Edible: Cannabis-infused food. These can include baked goods, chocolates, gummies or lozenges.

Flowers: The blooming buds of the cannabis plant. These hold the greatest concentration of medicinal components.

Hash: Cannabis with a much higher concentration of THC, the psychoactive element in medical marijuana. Hash—short for hashish—is made by extracting and filtering resin glands from the leaves of a harvested plant. Because of its high potency, people accustomed to the lower levels of THC found in marijuana need to be careful when trying hash for the first time.

Haze: A family of cannabis known to produce euphoric highs, it therefore has a number of medical applications.

Hemp: There’s a common misperception that hemp and cannabis are two different species of plant. They’re the same species; the difference–legally speaking—is that hemp is defined as having .3 or less percent of THC.

Indica: One of the two main strains of cannabis (along with sativa). Indica is known for its relaxing, full body physical effects, and is therefore often best consumed at night.

Kush: A variety of Indica. It’s named for the Hindu Kush Mountains in Afghanistan, where it’s been cultivated for thousands of years. It is typically high in THC.


Pre-rolled cones: Small cigarette-like cones containing medical marijuana. These are especially helpful for people with arthritis or joint pain, who may struggle to roll their own joints.

Sativa: Sativas are known for their “head high.” They can be invigorating and energizing, and can help to reduce anxiety and increase creativity and focus.

Skunk: A strain of cannabis named for its strong aroma and known for its relaxing effects.

Terpenes: Aromatic oils in medical marijuana that impact the smell, flavor and effects of individual strains.

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol): The cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant that is responsible for the most medicinal effects of cannabis. The higher the THC concentration, the greater the psychoactive effects.

Tincture: A liquid solution infused with cannabis, consumed by placing it under your tongue or mixing it into a beverage.

Topical: A lotion or balm that is rubbed into the skin for localized symptom relief. They are non-psychoactive.

Trichomes: Cannabinoids are most concentrated in these sparkling resin glands on the outside of cannabis flowers.

Trim: The leaves on the outside of cannabis flowers. These are often converted into concentrates like hash and tincture.

Vaping: A way to consume medical marijuana via vapor, rather than smoke. Vape cartridges are pre-filled with product.

Vaporizer: A different way to consume medical marijuana. This is an electronic device that heats flowers or oils and turns them into vapor that can be inhaled.

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