We believe the world of CBD should be accessible to all, which is why we’ve created an easy-to-understand “CBD glossary” that includes every important term you need to know. Because when you’re committed to feeling your best with the help of CBD—scientific terminology and unfamiliar words shouldn’t leave you feeling overwhelmed and out of your depth.
Print out this list, bookmark it on your phone or laptop—and refer back to it often to empower you as you wander the world of CBD on a mission to make the best choices possible for a holistic approach to optimal wellness.
Cannabis Sativa L. is the name of the plant species to which both marijuana and hemp belong. Many people are now defaulting to calling marijuana “cannabis” but in fact cannabis is a broad term for the whole plant species.
Hemp is a plant that is part of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant species. To be legally classified as hemp in the US, the plant must have very low levels of THC (less than .3%). The fibers can be used to make clothing, and the seeds and seed oil is nutritionally dense. Additionally, hemp is a sustainable building material and removes chemicals and heavy metals from soil, making it an incredibly eco-friendly plant.
Referring to a cannabinoid spectrum containing a full range of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other cannabis compounds in relation to what is commonly found in hemp. More information can be found in our spectrum section under full spectrum.
A naturally occurring, plant-based compound found in the cannabis plant. THC and CBD are the two most prevalent cannabinoids, but there are at least 113 known cannabinoids.
The Endocannabinoid System is one of many bodily systems that helps to maintain homeostasis in the body. Its receptors are widespread and found in the skin, immune cells, heart, brain, and digestive system, and it impacts body processes ranging from pain to mood to immunity. CBD supports the Endocannabinoid System and in doing so facilitates a state of whole body balance and optimal wellness.
Refers to substances that do not cause uninhibited behavior, and do not inhibit normal brain functioning, cognition, and physical control of the body. CBD is non-intoxicating and generally considered safe for its health and wellness benefits.
Hemp Seed Oil
A nutritionally dense oil extracted from hemp seeds that is high in vitamin E, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, and linoleic acid and oleic acids but does not contain any CBD or other cannabinoids and is often used as a moisturizer for the skin.
Hemp-derived CBD (Cannabidiol) is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid that promotes overall health and wellbeing. CBD interacts with the body’s Endocannabinoid System, which is responsible for regulating a variety of functions. Hemp-derived CBD contains less than 0.3% THC (although at Sagely Naturals, we go the extra step to remove ALL detectable amounts of THC* from the CBD oil that our products are made out of before we infuse it into our products), and therefore has no intoxicating side effects.
Broad spectrum CBD products are created from the entire plant-- leaves, flowers, stem, and seeds and contain an array of beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes--but zero THC. To create Broad Spectrum CBD, the hemp plant must undergo additional processing to remove as much trace amounts of THC as possible--while still preserving its therapeutic properties. Sagely Naturals’ products all contain broad-spectrum CBD. All the whole-plant benefits without the intoxicating effects.
Full Spectrum CBD refers to an extract created from the entire plant - leaves, flowers, stem, and seeds - without any filtering of THC. The full range of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds remain intact, as well as up to 0.3%THC.
A purified extract that removes everything except the CBD crystals. Studies show that CBD works best when accompanied by the full range of hemp plant constituents and works most effectively together.
Terpenes (and terpenoids) are aromatic organic hydrocarbons found in many plants and even some insects. Plants developed terpenes to ward off herbivores that might eat them and to attract helpful predators and pollinators. Terpenes are secreted in the same glands that produce cannabinoids like CBD and THC.
Certificate of Analysis
A document attesting that specific goods have undergone specified testing with specified results. In the case of CBD products, a finished good’s Certificate of Authenticity (COA) ensures CBD/THC potency and that there are no harmful contaminants in the product.
CBD topicals are products that take the form of creams, lotions, salves, sprays, and oils and are made for external use and applied to the surface of the body.
A CBD Capsule is a specific delivery method for CBD. It is taken orally, much like any other gel capsule or vitamin you see on shelves. And, because each dose of CBD is already measured out for you in each capsule, there’s no guesswork involved in how much CBD you’re actually ingesting or figuring out your ideal amount.
A tincture is CBD suspended in oil and has a dropper. This dropper administers the oil which you place and hold under your tongue for it to be absorbed.