7 Terms the Cannabis Industry Uses That You Don't Know

Many people like marijuana, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they know a lot about it. There are plenty of things and terms involved with marijuana that you probably have no idea about.

Luckily we’re here to help you out. Here are seven terms the cannabis industry uses that you may not have heard of:

1. Access Point

You probably have heard of a dispensary, but possibly not an access point. A medical access point is an authorized location where people can buy or pickup medical marijuana. Aka, a dispensary.

2. Cannabinoids

You probably know what THC and CBD are, but you may not know they’re cannabinoids, or chemical compounds unique to marijuana. While those are the two best-known ones, they’re are tons of others.

3. Trichomes

You may or may not have heard of trichomes. They look like little crystals on marijuana, but they’re actually resin production glands that produce THC, CBD and other cannabinoids in cannabis.

4. Limited Access Area

You know in stores that area that says “Employees Only?” Limited Access Areas are the Employees Only areas in marijuana businesses where customers are not allowed and the cannabis is stored.

5. Decarboxylate

If you’ve ever grown your own marijuana, you may have heard of decarboxylation. It’s the process of converting THCA and CBDA into THC and CBD. The process allows for the most potency or effects you could possibly get from your cannabis.

6. Ruderalis

You’ve probably heard of Indica and Sativa strains, and probably hybrids which are usually a combination of two or more strains. But you may not have heard of Ruderalis strains. Ruderalis is the third main type of cannabis strain along with Indica and Sativa. It tends to have very high CBD levels with very little THC.

7. Terpenes

Similar to trichomes, terpenes are chemical compounds found in cannabis that help produce the flavor and smell of the strain you’re using. Basically everything you love about your favorite strain is due to its terpenes.


As medical marijuana continues to gain ground across the US, more and more colleges are adding cannabis to their curriculum. In fact, more than half of America's pharmaceutical schools (62 percent) now teach students about medical marijuana according to a new survey conducted by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Pharmacy. "With more states legalizing medical marijuana, student pharmacists must be prepared to effectively care for their patients who may use medical marijuana alone or in combination with prescription or over-the-counter medications," the study's authors wrote.