The Simple Cannabis 101 Summary

Cannabis—also known as marijuana, pot, herb, bud, weed, grass, chronic, dank, dope, ganga, kush and, of course, MJ – comes from the hemp plant cannabis sativa or cannabis indica.

There are four main types of cannabis products:

A mixture of dried, shredded leaves, stems, seeds, and flowers of the hemp plant. Flower is typically smoked.

A potent extract of cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. You can consume concentrates orally, through vaporizing, or dabbing (shatter, wax, budder).

A cannabis-infused food product, such as a cookie, cracker, mint, chocolate, or drink.  Be aware: Edibles have a delayed effect, sometimes lasting several hours, which may cause users to consume too much because they believe the drug is not working. This can cause a user to overdose or have a negative experience.

A cannabis-infused lotion, balm, or oil absorbs through the skin. Topical cannabis products are not psychoactive and will not get a user high.

What are the main chemicals in cannabis?
Cannabis has more than 400 chemicals. The two most prominently discussed, studied, and understood chemicals are THC and CBD.

THC, or delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main active chemical in cannabis and is what causes a person to feel high.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is the non-psychoactive chemical in cannabis. Overall, we’ll need more research to fully understand all the impacts of CBD.