cbd terminology

When you first start looking into CBD, it can quickly get overwhelming. Not only are you trying to figure out what kind to buy, which method to use, and how high a dosage you need, but you also have to wade through all sorts of new words, phrases, and acronyms. Something as simple as determining the difference between a cannabinoid and cannabis can be bewildering. To help you get started, House of Oilworx has put together a glossary of terms to help you understand the basic lingo that comes with CBD usage. Let’s work through the CBD terminology together, so you can become more knowledgeable about this useful substance.

CBD (Cannabidiol)

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is one of the most common compounds found in the cannabis plant, which provides both hemp and marijuana. CBD is just one of many cannabinoids found in this plant. Unlike the THC compound, CBD is non-intoxicating. In fact, cannabidiol actually inhibits the psychoactive effects of THC when they are used together. CBD is able to provide several health and wellness benefits, along with alleviating the symptoms of certain ailments, such as epilepsy and chronic pain and anxiety. CBD can be consumed though several mediums, such as vapes, topical oils, tinctures, and capsules.

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the cannabinoid compound in cannabis that provides a psychoactive reaction. Because of legal restrictions, research on medical uses for THC has been limited. However, it shows promise in many areas, especially when it comes to treating chronic pain. Legalization for this substance has been spreading in the US in recent years, especially for medical uses. Like CBD, it can be taken in many ways, including smoking, vaping, and ingesting.


This is an oil that includes concentrated amounts of cannabidiol that has been extracted from the cannabis plant. It can come from CBD-rich, THC-low strains of hemp cannabis or THC-high strains of marijuana cannabis plants. There are several methods of oil extraction, but the most commonly used one is called C02 extraction. This method filters the plant matter through a series of high pressure, temperature-controlled chambers. House of Oilworx CBD oil is classified as full spectrum, meaning it contains the other cannabinoids and terpenoids that occur naturally alongside CBD in cannabis (though all traces of THC have been removed). These substances interact together in a beneficial entourage effect.


These are the messengers (neurotransmitters) of the endocannabinoid system. Cannabinoids influence the endo-receptors throughout our bodies and brains to generate a response, such as a sense of pain. There are two types of cannabinoids: endocannabinoids that are produced naturally in the body and exogenous cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant. Exogenous cannabinoids mimic the effects of the endocannabinoids that are produced by our bodies and can help keep the endocannabinoid system running more comfortably.

Cannabis (Cannabis sativa)

Cannabis sativa, or cannabis, is the plant that contains cannabinoids such as CBD and THC. It has been harvested and utilized throughout much of human history and is one of the oldest known domesticated crops. Historically, there have been two major purposes for the crop’s production. One is for religious, medicinal, and recreational purposes that often take advantage of the psychoactive effects of THC in marijuana. The second is using the strong fibers of the plant to make products such as rope, food, and textiles from hemp. Hemp and marijuana are different strains of the same base plant that are categorized by their levels of THC. Marijuana contains around 5-30 percent THC, while hemp generally contains only trace amounts.


Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant that’s mainly grown for industrial uses and products, due to its strong fibers and fast growth. It’s a thin, long plant that can grow up to 20 feet tall. It contains very small amounts of THC (generally under 0.3%) and large amounts of CBD. It has been cultivated for food, textiles, and many other useful products throughout history.

Hemp Oil

Hemp oil, or hemp seed oil, is extracted from the seeds of the Cannabis sativa plant. Although people often use the terms “hemp oil” and “CBD oil” interchangeably, they are slightly different. Hemp oil does contain CBD within it, but many products that are sold as “hemp oil” aren’t created to provide exact amounts of CBD. It’s tested to make sure that it doesn’t contain THC, but the amount of CBD is variable. Hemp oil is useful as a source of antioxidants and healthy omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, but if you’re seeking the benefits of CBD, you should look for actual CBD oil.


Marijuana is the strain of the Cannabis sativa plant that contains high levels of THC (from 5-30 percent). Since THC provides a psychoactive high for people who consume or inhale it, it’s a more restricted substance than CBD. This psychoactive cannabinoid binds to a person’s CB1 receptors in the brain (part of the endocannabinoid system), causing a state of relaxation and euphoria that’s associated with marijuana use. Marijuana has been illegal in the United States for many decades, but more and more states have recently begun to allow its use for medicinal treatment and even recreation.

Entourage Effect

This term is used to describe how the whole has a greater impact than its individual parts. There are more than 400 trace components found in the cannabis plant, and many of them interact with each other and work together in an “entourage effect.” If you want to use a more natural, holistic product when you take your CBD, look for full-spectrum ones such as those sold by House of Oilworx that don’t isolate the compounds and instead take advantage of their natural interactions.

If you want to use a more natural, holistic product when you take your CBD, look for full-spectrum ones such as those sold by House of Oilworx that don’t isolate the compounds and instead take advantage of their natural interactions. Click To Tweet

Full Spectrum

This refers to an extract that retains all of the various compounds found within the plant. As mentioned under the previous section, this is the product of choice for those looking for an entourage effect. Full-spectrum CBD products contain several beneficial compounds that work together. All House of Oilworx products contain 0.0% THC but retain the other cannabinoids, terpenoids, and flavonoids found in the plant alongside CBD to provide better results.

These are just some of the more common CBD terminology that you might run across as you start looking into CBD products. The use of CBD is helpful to many people with a variety of ailments, as well as people looking to naturally improve their healthy lifestyles. If you think this is something that you want to add to your daily routine, House of Oilworx provides the highest quality, 100% THC-free, full-spectrum CBD products on the market. Have more questions about CBD? Check out our FAQ page here!