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CBD is undoubtedly one of the most misunderstood compounds in the world. However, with ongoing research more people are starting to learn and understand the way that CBD works with the body.

If you are relatively new to CBD, it can be hard to get to grips with the various terms and phrases associated with CBD. Our ABC to CBD glossary is designed to help improve your overall CBD knowledge.

Bioavailability – Bioavailability is the proportion of a substance that enters the circulation, and has an active effect when introduced to the body.

Cannabinoid – Cannabinoids are natural chemicals that are found in cannabis plants. There are over 100 discovered cannabinoids today.

CBC – Cannabichromene. CBC is a less commonly known compound found in the cannabis plant.

CBD – CBD is one of the most major cannabinoids that are found in the cannabis plant. CBD has grown in popularity in recent years, and has taken the wellness industry by storm due to its said health benefits.

CBDa – Cannabidiolic acid. CBDa is one of the many compounds produced by the cannabis plant. CBDa is the acid form of CBD, it is decarboxylated as heat expedites the conversion of CBDa into CBD.

CBG – Cannabigerol. CBG is another compound found in the Cannabis plant. CBG is a more recent discovery and is said to potentially be as effective as CBD.

CBN – When THC is exposed to oxygen, UV light or heat, it can break down into CBN. CBN is said to be less active than THC, however due to little research about CBN, there is a debate over the legality of CBN.

COA – Certification of analysis. This is a document that is certified from independent laboratory which provides the information of the cannabinoid profile of a product.

ECS – The Endocannabinoid System. The endocannabinoid system exists in the human body, and is designed to help the body come to a balance. CBD interacts with cb1 and cb2 receptors in the body.

The Entourage Effect – The entourage effect happens when a group of cannabinoids are found together, which as a result can enhance their efficacy and absorption. This happens by acting in synergy with other compounds of the cannabis plant.

Hemp – A form of cannabis plant, hemp contains a very low percentage of THC, which makes it an ideal source of CBD.

Homeostasis – Homeostasis is the ability to maintain an internal state that is considered stable.

Penetrability – The proportion of the substance that is successfully absorbed through the skin to have an active effect on the body. This usually applies to CBD Skincare.

Psychoactive – When a substance has an effect on the mind.

Psychotropic – This refers to when any substance has an effect on mood behaviour, or perception.

Terpene – Terpenes are organic, aromatic compounds that are found in plants.

Would you like to find out more about CBD? Explore our Ultimate CBD Guide for information on how you can take CBD, how it works and the recommended dosage guidelines.

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