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Terpenes, Flavonoids, and Cannabinoids – Tennessee Marijuana Card Glossary

Terpenes, Flavonoids, and Cannabinoids

Cannabis has a long history, and possibly even a longer culture of words, terminology, and phrases.

While many who live in the United States have enjoyed legal recreational cannabis or legal medical marijuana, other states who have fallen by the wayside to cannabis reform over the years are only now entering into the new territory of cannabis.

Tennessee, being one of these states, will have many newcomers and beginners become part of the medical marijuana family, and may not be as familiar with some of the terms or language surrounding cannabis.

In this Tennessee Marijuana Card Guide, we’ll cover many of the popular terms, names, and phrases for cannabis terminology, and hopefully equip you with a better understanding of the language of the cannabis plant!

Cannabis Glossary

There are lots of terms in the medical marijuana industry, and even more in cannabis culture as a whole. In this glossary, we’ll stick to medical marijuana terminology, and give you a rundown on what some of the most popular terms and definitions are.

Cannabinoids are chemical compounds that interact with cannabinoid receptors in the human body. In cannabis, they are naturally occurring compounds found in abundance in the plants.

Cannabis could mean marijuana in its flower form, a plant, or a product depending on how you look at it, but at its root the term cannabis is almost always used to describe the cannabis plant in some form.

Cultivators are farms or facilities that grow and often process cannabis. Cultivators can typically grow cannabis plants in large quantities, and frequently they will also process the cannabis into its various product types, although sometimes independent processors can be used.

Dispensary is a legally operating retail business that sells cannabis products. Cannabis products are usually grown or processed independently, and the final product ends up on the shelf of a dispensary where medical marijuana patients can purchase them.

Dosage is the amount of cannabis taken in a measurement.

Endocannabinoid System or ECS, is a biological system that expresses endogenous cannabinoids to receptors throughout the central nervous system and peripheral nervous system.

Entourage Effect is the combination of all compounds acting synergistically in the cannabis plant, to determine the overall experience when consuming cannabis.

Flavonoids or cannaflavins, are groups of polyphenolic compounds that act as secondary metabolites in the cannabis plant. Flavonoids help provide color pigmentation to the plants and contribute to the scent and flavor of cannabis.

Indica is a social class of cannabis strains that is known for its more sedating properties.

Low-THC Cannabis Oil is a cannabis product that contains minimal or low amounts of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. By inference, most low-THC cannabis oils contain high amounts of non-psychoactive compounds, such as CBD.

Marijuana is also a term that is universally used for cannabis, although it

is more commonly associated with “illegal” cannabis.

Medical Marijuana Card is a state approved card or certification that permits the legal possession or use of medical cannabis.

Medical marijuana is a term used for states that have legalized cannabis use for medical patients only. Use or possession of cannabis is considered illegal in these states unless the person has a medical marijuana card, or the state is also a recreational marijuana state.

Qualifying Condition is a disorder, disease, or condition that qualifies for a medical marijuana card. Nearly every state has its own independent list of qualifying conditions, and although many states accept out of state medical marijuana cards, some do not, so it’s important to know which conditions your state allows for medical marijuana cards.

Reciprocity is the practice of accepting out of state medical marijuana cards. Although many states accept out of state medical marijuana cards, some do not, so it’s important to know which states will accept your out of state medical marijuana card, and what the process or fees will be for you to apply for a visitor card.

Recreational marijuana is a term typically used for states that have legalized recreational cannabis use. In states like Colorado and California where recreational marijuana is legal, any person 21 years or older can purchase and possess marijuana legally.

Sativa is a social class of cannabis strains that is known for its energizing properties.

Strain is a type, or social class of the cannabis plant. A plant’s strain will typically have a unique name, and associated effects that are commonly experienced among users who consume it.

Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in the cannabis plant that largely alter the scent, taste, and perceived effects. Certain terpenes have psychoactive properties that can alter the “high” of cannabis, often funneling it into either a “sedative” or “energizing” experience.

THC are tetrahydrocannabinols, however THC as a term almost always refers to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive compound found in cannabis.

Treatment Plan is a scheduled or planned process of consuming cannabis as a medication. Treatment plans can include processes such as dosages, frequency, and potency.

Visitor Card is a temporary medical marijuana card issued for out of state medical marijuana patients.

Medical Cannabis in Tennessee

Tennessee cannabis patients will soon be able to legally purchase low-THC oil and see the relief they need organically.

Reserve your appointment today and get $25 off when we start processing applications!

Being a Tennessee cannabis patient allows you the freedom to take your medication the right way for you.

We’re dedicated to helping patients every step of the way, feel free to give us a call at (833) 781-5611 and we can answer your questions about getting a medical cannabis card in Tennessee.


Doctors Who Care. Relief You Can Trust.

At Tennessee Marijuana Card, our mission is helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.

Call us at (833) 781-5611, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!

Check out Tennessee Marijuana Card’s Blog to keep up to date on the latest medical marijuana news, tips, and information!

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