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CBD Glossary: About CBD

The popularity of cannabidiol (CBD) is on the rise. While more research is done about CBD and potential benefits, there is a lot of information to process. If you want to learn more about how the products infused with CBD can help you, then start with this collection of important CBD terms from CBD Choice:


A derivative of arachidonic acid that occurs naturally in the brain and acts as a messenger molecule playing roles in appetite, depression, memory, and fertility.

Agricultural Hemp

Varieties of the Cannabis Sativa L. plant that contains less than 0.3% THC and is grown for industrial purposes and legal in all 50 states and more than 40 countries.

Cannabis Sativa L.

A species of plant in the Cannabis genus; refers to both agricultural hemp and marijuana, which are both subspecies however entirely different plants.


Cannabinoid receptor found primarily in the central nervous system.


Cannabinoid receptor found primarily in the peripheral nervous system.


Short for cannabidiol; does not result in euphoria and has shown to have benefits on human and animal health.


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.


Refers to groups of green pigment molecules found in plants and algae that is important for plant photosynthesis.


Removing a carboxyl group from a chemical compound.


Naturally occurring molecules found in the human body. They activate cannabinoid receptors in the nervous system.

Fatty Acid

Formed when the body breaks down fat. Long hydrocarbon chain, with a carboxyl group (COOH) at the end; important part of the fat-soluble components of living cells. Also used for energy storage in the body.


Self-regulating process of any system in the body; your body automatically finding balance.

Non-psychotoxic / Non-psychoactive

Does not have a detrimental effect on the mind, personality or behavior; does not get you “high” or affect motor function.


Plant-based cannabinoids found in species of cannabis.

Plant Sterol

Cholesterol-like compounds naturally occurring in plants and support the reduction of bad cholesterol without significantly affecting good cholesterol.

Raw oil

A whole-plant CO2 extraction from agricultural hemp; Cannabidiolic Acid, or CBD-A, comprises a significant proportion of the extracted cannabinoids in the raw oil.


A large and diverse class of strong smelling organic compounds, produced by a variety of plants and insects.


Short for tetrahydrocannabinol; a phytocannabinoid found in cannabis shown to have some benefits on human and animal health, however, is responsible for intoxicating effects associated with marijuana use.

Vitamin E

Also known as alpha-tocopherol, a fat-soluble vitamin important for normal cell growth and function. Found in foods such as leafy green vegetables and whole grains. Good for skin care and nail health.

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