The 101: Your Cannabis Cheat Sheet

by RISE Mag

May 23, 2018

THC, CBD … WTF? If you’re heading to Lift & Co. Expo in Toronto, and need a refresher (or a whole breakdown) of some of the most common cannabis industry vocabulary, you’ve come to the right place.




If you’re thinking about cannabis, then you’re likely thinking about tetrahydrocannabinol, i.e. THC. And if you’re heading to Lift & Co. Expo in Toronto this month, we want to make sure you know all about it before wading into the action.


The basics: THC is a cannabinoid. These are chemical compounds that are found in cannabis, and their interactions with brain and body receptors create a variety of effects. That euphoric feeling after consuming cannabis? That’s THC for ya.


Read on to get all the high-lights of the most commonly known cannabinoid.


Feel Better Without the High


CBD: Short for cannabidiol. All-natural. Carries most of cannabis’ medicinal benefits.


For those looking to dip their toes into the world of cannabis — and for everyone going to Lift & Co. Expo in Toronto this month — CBD offers a solid starting point with its non psychoactive properties, while still offering anxiety-mitigating and anti-inflammatory benefits. Even in recent months, there have been many cases of its success in the treatment of childhood epilepsy.


Sounds pretty great, huh? Well, the key to unlocking the full potential of CBD can be found in necessary further research, which is why cannabis legalization is so critical.


Keep reading to find out why CBD is a-OK.


What’s That Smell?


Does the word “terpene” sound familiar? If not, add it to your cannabis vocabulary ASAP — especially ahead of Lift & Co’s Toronto Expo at the end of this week.


Simply put, you know how cannabis plants and flowers all have unique smells? Those are the work of terpenes, oils that can be found in the same plant glands as THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids. Terpenes interact with our endocannabinoid system in a similar way. Terpenes can also work with the brain’s neurotransmitters, which can help explain why different strains of cannabis smell and taste different, and have varying effects on moods.


Fun fact: Terpenes are not unique to cannabis, but the plant does contain 100 known terpenes.


Get more info on individual terpenes, and their unique smells, tastes, and effects.


Are You Down with Dabbing?


Have you heard of dabbing? No, not the viral dance move, but the terminology that’s been tossed around in the cannabis community and industry? Be sure to add it to your cannabis cheat sheet ahead of Toronto’s Lift & Co. Expo, May 25-27.


Let’s start with dabs. Concentrated doses of cannabis, dabs are made by extracting cannabinoids (specifically THC) using a solvent, leaving you with oils typically called wax, shatter, budder, or butane hash oil (BHO). Heat these up on a hot surface, grab a dab rig, and you’re well on your way to getting very, VERY high.


The biggest hurdle is the extraction process, which needs can be dangerous without some degree of safety precaution. Another consideration to keep in mind is that extractions are often 60-90% THC, which is a strong argument for knowing your limits.


Follow the link to find out the process of dabbing — and how to do it safely.


“A Marathon, Not a Sprint”


“Special” brownies. Or cookies. Or gummies. Whatever the concoction — and regardless of any stories you might’ve heard — edibles, with a proper dose, can be a fun (and delicious) way of consuming cannabis recreationally or medically. You’ll definitely want to be in the know ahead of Toronto’s Lift & Co. Expo, May 25-27.


It’s pretty simple: Edibles are cannabis-infused foods, most commonly baked goods, candies/chocolates, or snack foods. They can be sativa-only, indica-only, hybrid (with both types of strains), and pure CBD.


Wondering WTF “sativa” and “indica” mean? “I always think of sativa and indica as high and stoned [respectively],” says Denver-based budtender Josh Hawkes. CBD (short for cannabidiol, a cannabis plant compound) is a popular choice because it’ll make you feel GREAT, without the psychoactive properties.


The biggest thing to remember with edibles is, according to experts, go low (dose) and start slow. A good start dose? 5mg.


Learn more about getting started with edibles.