What Does That Mean? A Glossary of CBD Terms

What Does That Mean? A Glossary of CBD Terms


So, the chances are when you read through the articles on these pages, you may come across a few CBD terms you are less aware of than others. 

While we try and explain these terms whenever they come up, we figured it would make the whole thing easier if you had somewhere you could come that simply provided a glossary of all the CBD terms you may stumble across while reading up on CBD. 

Chances are this will be updated as more CBD terms are created, or come into common usage, so be sure to keep checking back. 

So, here we go, if you would like, you can count up how many you already knew and let us know in the comments.

We’ll go in alphabetical order, to make it easy for all of us. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any further questions.


Cannabinoid – A group of natural occurring chemical compounds that react with the body’s cannabinoid receptors.

Cannabinoid Receptors – Receptors in the human body that react to cannabinoids. 

CBD – Cannabidiol, a cannabinoid found in cannabis plants. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. 

CBD is legal in EU countries as long as it is derived from industrial hemp plants containing no more than 0.2% THC content.

CBD CapsulesSlow release capsules containing CBD. Good for those who do not enjoy the taste of CBD, or those new to CBD looking for a gradual dose. 

CBD CreamCBD based cream which can be rubbed into the skin, joints, or muscles. 

CBD Dry FlowerSuspicious looking, perhaps, but simply CBD in flower form. Perfect for making teas. 

CBD EdiblesCBD based foodstuffs. These can be powders to add to food or protein shakes, gummies, or other forms of edible CBD products. 

CBD IsolateCBD which has been processed to have all other elements removed, leaving only CBD. 

CBD OilPossibly the best known form of CBD, CBD oils come in a variety of types, flavours, and strengths. Can be taken in a multitude of ways, from orally, to on the skin, to in the ear. 

Endocannabinoid System – A system in the human body containing endocannabinoids (naturally occurring cannabinoids) that bind to the body’s cannabinoid receptors. 

The endocannabinoid system helps control various functions of the body, including (but not limited to) fertility, memory, and pain.

Entourage Effect – A phrase for the belief that full spectrum CBD is more effective because all the elements within it work together to create a stronger, or more beneficial effect than CBD alone. 

The Entourage Effect refers to the essential oils, terpenes, and other cannabinoids (including THC) which are found in whole plant CBD products. 

Extraction – The method used to get CBD from the plant to the CBD products you’ll find here. Usually done using CO2 Extraction, but there are other methods too. 

Full Spectrum CBD – Full spectrum, or whole plant CBD is CBD with everything left in, essentially the opposite of CBD isolate. The CBD is extracted along with other naturally occurring elements, and all these elements are used to create the product. 

Hemp Oil – Often incorrectly assumed to be the same as CBD oil. Unlike CBD products, which contain cannabinoids (obviously, as CBD is, itself, a cannabinoid) hemp oil is taken from the seeds of the hemp plant, hence its other name, hempseed oil. Hemp oil contains no cannabinoids, CBD included.

Hemp oil tends to be used as a healthy oil for cooking, and is very popular in the vegan culinary world. 

Industrial Hemp Plant – Industrial hemp plants are cannabis plats that are high in CBD and low in THC. EU approved industrial hemp plants contain no more than 0.2% THC content.

Marijuana Plant – Marijuana plants are essentially the opposite of industrial hemp plants, plants that are high in THC and low in content, you will not be able to legally buy products from these plants at this point. 

Phytocannabinoid – A phytocannabinoid is a cannabinoid which is found in plants, unlike endocannabinoids which are found in the human body.

THC – THC is tetrahydrocannabinol, it is a psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis plants, it is still illegal in most countries, although some countries and US states have changed that recently. 

Vaping Using e-liquids in vaping devices. A popular way to consume CBD products. 

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