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Glossary of Marijuana Terms for The Kitchen

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Glossary of Marijuana Terms for The Kitchen

Let’s face it: when you’re just starting out, there are SO many terms to remember. That’s why we decided to give you a Glossary of Marijuana Terms for The Kitchen.

Have you heard of decarbing, or tinctures? What about infusions?

And wow! There are so many terms to get ‘right’, right?!

So today, we’ll do our best to include as many terms and recipes here so that you have an easy, all-in-one article to reference time and time again!

Happy Canna-Learning!

Marijuana Terms & Methods for Cooking

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Table Of Cannabis-Contents

  1. Decarboxylation
  2. Cannabis Infusions
  3. Cannabutter
  4. The Differences Between CBD, Hemp & THC Oil
  5. Edibles
  6. Cannabis Tinctures
  7. Common Cannabis Cooking Mistakes (and how to avoid them)
  8. Dosing
  9. Cannabis Strains
  10. Cannabis Cooking Utensils

1. Decarboxylation

When decarbing your weed, it is best described as heating it for a specific amount of time so that you can get the best from it before you use it in baking or cooking recipes.

In its raw state, cannabis won’t provide the psychoactive effects we’re after. (aka: the ‘high’ feeling)

Once you decarb weed, you ensure that the all-important cannabinoids like THC and CBD become activated and available.

And, when done correctly, the result is more potent edibles and a better bang for your buck with little waste.

2. Cannabis Infusions at Home

You can make a ton of delicious Cannabis infusions at home because infusions are a combination of one substance, with another.

In this case, a Cannabis infusion is one of the substances we use, and you can use other infusions like oil, butter, and more.

Check out the video below for full instructions and information.

3. Cannabutter How-To

Making Cannabutter is easy once you know how to decarboxylate your cannabis.

Cannabutter or cannabis-butter is decarbed weed combined with butter, and you can use it in so many tasty dishes from baking to cooking.

Here’s how to make cannabutter:

4. The Differences Between THC, Hemp And CBD Oil

Knowing the difference between CBD oil, Hemp oil and THC oil is very important because their use varies drastically.

They are all cannabis oils, but the cannabis plant has a lot of different compounds with different effects.

You can use CBD or THC in many edible recipes.

Hemp Oil

Hemp oil is made from a plant called hemp, which is derived from the Cannabis Sativa species.

Hemp extract is taken from the seeds of the plant.

Hemp has no psychoactive effects, meaning you will not get high from consuming it.


CBD oil is extracted from the stalks, leaves, and buds of hemp plants.

Usually, the strains are chosen that have higher CBD levels in them, to maximize the potency.

CBD isolate, and broad-spectrum contain no traces of THC. ( the substance that gets you ‘high’)

CBD, will not get you high.


THC is the main psychoactive component of the cannabis plant, in other words, THC gets you ‘high’.

the difference between cbd and cbg

5. Edibles – What Are They?

You may have heard this term time and time again, so what are edibles?

Edibles are anything you can consume and enjoy that contains either CBD or THC in them.

CBD = you won’t get high.

THC = you will.

Some examples are gummies, cannabis butter, cannabis oils, pot-brownies, and weed-pizza.

Cannabis edibles with name display featuring sweet weed treat.

6. Cannabis Tinctures

A cannabis tincture is an alcoholic cannabis concentrate.

Normally, a concentrate is stored in a small bottle with a dropper in a cool, dry and dark place. (if possible)

It’s best to ensure accuracy when dosing.

Cannabis-infused tinctures can be taken orally, or they can be used to create cannabis sugar and beverages. 

Learn more about tinctures here.

Homemade cbd tincture made from buds

7. Common Cannabis Cooking Mistakes

Here’s a list of common cooking mistakes and why they are so important when you’re in your cannabis kitchen:

  • Not properly dosing your weed edibles – learn how to dose here.
  • Not decarboxylating
  • Wrong temperatures
  • Grinding your marijuana too fine
  • Choosing the right strain for your cooking or baking edibles

Read more about cooking mistakes and how to avoid them here.

8. Dosing Weed for Edibles

Dosing is an art – you want to evenly distribute your weed inedible dishes, and you also want to be sure you don’t dose or include too much pot as well.

So the term ‘dosing’ means the amount of cannabis you are putting into a recipe, or taken via oil or capsule, for example.

The best way to think about this when baking or cooking with cannabis is: less is more.

Also, remember that edibles take an hour or two to ‘kick in’ so wait a while, even if you don’t feel anything yet.

To avoid any issues associated with overconsumption, always wait for at least three, if not four, hours before redosing (or consuming weed treats).

Don’t be impatient, and follow recipe instructions carefully. Double dosing could wreck your entire high or day – or worse, you could become extremely ill.

how to correctly dose cannabis edibles

9. Cannabis Strains – What Are They?

In the world of cannabis, strain refers to the variety or type of plant being used.

Strains can be Sativa, Indica or Hybrid ‘styles’, and have higher CBD or THC levels.

Sativas are known for their “head high,” and may give you some pretty great energizing effects. You may notice that with a Sativa strain, it may help reduce anxiety and increase focus.

Indica strains are intensely relaxing. Great for insomnia, zen, meditation and peace in body and mind.

Hybrid is a combination of Sativa and Indica, giving users a more balanced feel when smoking or consuming edibles.

Here are some highly popular cannabis strains to try.

popular cannabis strain

10. Cannabis Cooking Utensils

You may be wondering what the difference is between regular cooking utensils and ‘cannabis cooking utensils’.

Aren’t they all the same?

Here’s the thing; you need certain items like a weed grinder, cheesecloth, or pantyhose ( to strain weed) and proper molds or trays to create butter, lollipops, or cannabis chocolates.

Having the right cooking utensils, including a proper and professional cannabis cookbook can help you become a strong and confident cannabis Chef!

When starting out, or even when sharpening your Chef skills, learning a Glossary of Marijuana Terms for The Kitchen can only help you in the long run!

As always, happy Canna-Cooking Chefs!

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