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“Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018” (from congress.gov) Learn More.

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“TWO Pivotal Issues Will Define Hemp and CBD in 2019” (from Kight on Cannabis)  Learn More.

“FDA Tells CBD Companies: Stop Making ‘Unfounded’ Claims about CBD Products” (from U.S. News & World Report) Learn More.

“FDA Commissioner Gottlieb Says Agency Will Not Tolerate Deceptive Marketing of CBD Products” (from The National Law Review) Learn More.

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“FDA approves first drug comprised of an active ingredient derived from marijuana to treat rare, severe forms of epilepsy” (from U.S. Food & Drug Administration) Learn More.


Most common terms & definitions used in the CBD Industry


The degree and rate in which a substance is absorbed into the bloodstream and has an active effect. Bioavailability determines how much of what you took is actually present to provide your level of effect.

Broad Spectrum CBD

A full spectrum oil that contains every element of the cannabis plant (all terpenes, flavinoids, fatty acids and all cannabinoids) . The only difference is all THC is removed.


A chemical substance found in the cannabis plant; THC and CBD are the two most prevalent, but there are at least 113 known cannabinoids.


Cannabis is a widely distributed plant that is one of the oldest sources of fiber, food, oil, and medicine.

Cannabis Sativa

The scientific name of the cannabis plant. The two varieties of cannabis,  sativa and indica, are considered subspecies; Cannabis sativa subsp. sativa contains 0.3% of THC.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

Cannabidiol, a substance found in cannabis plants. CBD helps to relieve pain, foster sleep, decrease stress, and provide other non-psychoactive benefits. Unlike THC, CBD cannot get you high.


Cannabinoid receptor found primarily in the central nervous system.


Cannabinoid receptor found primarily in the peripheral nervous system.


Short for cannabidiolic-acid; the naturally occurring raw form of CBD that is produced directly in the plant.


Short for cannabigerol; the chemical precursor to THC and CBD.


Short for cannabinol; it is produced when THC is metabolized and has little to no intoxicating effects.


Removing a carboxyl group from a chemical compound.


CBD Distillate is a highly refined cannabis extract often derived from high CBD hemp flower and hemp biomass. CBD Distillate typically contains around 80% CBD with the balance including minor cannabinoids, terpenes and other plants oils and extracts.


Refers to any chemical compound (such as anandamide), naturally produced in the body, which binds to the same brain receptors as cannabinoids.


A biological system of the body that seeks balance or homeostasis.  This system is always working to keep the body and mind in balance.


Endocannabinoid System, the natural infrastructure in your body able to produce, utilize, and dissolve the cannabinoids produced or consumed by you. The ECS is composed of chemical receptors where endocannabinoids (internally-produced cannabinoids) bond, as well as enzymes to synthesize and break down the endocannabinoids.

Entourage Effect

The property of cannabinoids (including THC) that increases the effects of each other when taken together.

Full-Spectrum CBD

Hemp oil listed as “full-spectrum” contains all of the same cannabinoids and compounds found in the original hemp plant, including terpenes, flavonoids, and fatty acids. It also contains, at a maximum, 0.3% THC. Full-spectrum products take advantage of the entourage effect.


A cannabis plant bred to have very low THC content and is primarily cultivated for its fibers. Hemp products range from oils to clothing.

Hemp Oil

This is a broad term used to describe an oil created from hemp. This could mean hemp seed oil or a cannabinoid-rich extract. As a consumer, you should ensure you understand the difference to understand what is in the product you are purchasing

Hemp Seed Oil

This is an oil extracted from the seeds of a hemp plant using a cold expeller-pressed method. This oil does not contain cannabinoids and instead is a highly nutritious food source packed with Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, amino acids, fiber and more.

Industrial Hemp

This is a classification of hemp defined by the federal government. By legal definition, a cannabis plant must contain less than 0.3% THC by dry weight to qualify as industrial hemp.


A highly concentrated, purified form of a cannabinoid. CBD is one of the most common isolates you’ll find.


Dried leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant that contain both THC and CBD. Marijuana is a substance consumed for both medical and recreational purposes, most commonly consumed for its psychoactive properties.


Substances or compounds that can alter a person’s perception, mindset, or otherwise normal brain function.


A concentrated form of THC, made from the resin of the cannabis plant. Also associated with “wax,” shatter is usually consumed via inhalation at high temperatures.


Organic compounds in plants and insects responsible for the smell and taste of cannabis. These compounds synergize with CBD and THC to help with pain, seizures (epilepsy), depression, anxiety, and infections.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, a substance found in cannabis plants. This is the primary ingredient in marijuana, and the only psychoactive component in the cannabis plant. This is what gets you high when ingesting marijuana.


A liquid that contains a concentrated herbal extract. CBD tinctures can be ingested sublingually or added to food and beverages.

Water-Soluble CBD

A form of CBD that is water-soluble made by using nanoemulsions or liposomes. This type of CBD is more bioavailable (the degree and rate at which a substance is absorbed into the bloodstream) than oil-based products.


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