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Carb Cap

A “cap” shaped mechanism with a long handle that doubles as a dab tool. Carb caps are usually made out of quartz, glass, or titanium and are used to restrict airflow in the chamber to increase the vaporization of dabs.

Cannabidiol (CBD)

One of the most popular cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. It is extracted through various methods and used for its potential health benefits, both by medical and recreational users.

Cannabinoid

The many different plant molecules made by the cannabis plant. There have been 144 different cannabinoids discovered to date with more research being done regularly. Each cannabinoid has its own use and set of potential benefits. The two most popular cannabinoids are CBD and THC. (Also see phytocannabinoids)

Cannabis

A plant that is native to central and south Asia. This plant, frequently called marijuana, is the source for CBD and THC products. Every part of the plant is used for a different application. The flower can be dried and smoked for its psychoactive and medicinal effects, while the leaves and stems can be processed into other useful products, like CBD. Cannabis is also the source of hemp, which can be used for everything from paper to textiles to edible goods.

Cannabis Oil

An oil derived from the cannabis plant. This term can be accurately used to describe CBD oils, but more often is meant to refer to oils with a high CBD content, which produces a psychoactive effect.

Capsules

A type of cannabis product in the form of a pill that is taken by mouth. Capsules can be purely CBD, THC, or a blend of cannabinois and terpenes. This method takes effect more slowly than other methods but is convenient for providing exact doses.

CBD Oil

A general term for any oil based product containing high amounts of CBD.

CBDa

A short-term for cannabidiolic acid. CBDa is the original form of the cannabinoid, which becomes CBD when it is heated. Many oils and products are available that contain both forms of the cannabinoid. CBDa has benefits that may balance out other cannabinoids and terpenes, like the potential to reduce nausea.

Certificate of Analysis (COA)

A certification given to a cannabis product to specify that its potency, terpenes, solvents, heavy metal contents, and other factors were tested in a certified facility.

Clone

A cutting of one cannabis plant that is “rooted” and planted. This cutting is an exact replica of its parent plant and produces a full grown plant with the same genetic makeup. Coning is frequently used in the cannabis industry to reproduce specific strains with desirable traits.

Closed Loop Extraction

An extraction method that traps and recycles butane or other solvents instead of releasing fumes into the atmosphere. This method is much safer and more environmentally friendly than open blasting and is the only extraction method that can be used legally in Colorado.

CO2 Extraction

An extraction method that utilizes carbon dioxide as its solvent. CO2 extractions are useful for making a THC concentrate that is less viscous than wax or shatter, usually called “oil.”

Concentrates

A potent form of cannabidiol, frequently used by people who require a heavier dose of CBD. Concentrates come in several forms, like isolates and dabs, and can be added to food, used with a vaporizer, or taken sublingually.

Cone

A type of joint paper that is already sealed into a “Cone” shape, with one open end for packing ground bud. Cones do not need to be “rolled” like standard joints and often hold much more bud since they are cone-shaped. Once they are packed, you simply twist the end of the paper to seal the large end.

Cotton Mouth

A common slang term used to describe the “dry mouth” effect related to smoking cannabis.

Cross

Short for cross-breeding, or the act of crossing different cannabis strains to produce a plant with shared qualities of the parent plants. Cross-breeding is used frequently in the cannabis industry to create specific strains with desirable traits.

Crystals

Refers to the trichomes on the cannabis plant. Most trichomes are found on the flower, but some trichomes can also be found on the leaves of the plant. Crystals contain most of the THC content and are used to make concentrates, like hash, oil, or wax.

Curing

Refers to a part of the harvesting process. Bud is dried and then cured, which helps it maintain some moisture, flavor, and aroma. Properly curing bud is vital to producing high-quality bud that retains its favorable properties, like a high THC content.