Walking into one of Seattle’s recreational weed stores for the first time can be overwhelming. Each retailer has hundreds of different products that can fall into one of four categories: flower, concentrates, edibles or topicals. Doing some research before going into a pot shop will help you navigate all these products, and get you familiar with some of the terminology. Trees Pot Shop has provided a glossary of sorts below to promote knowledge of the weed words our budtenders use most.
Terpenes – The pungent oils that color cannabis varieties with flavors like citrus, berry, mint, and pine. Over 100 different terpenes have been identified and every strain has a unique terpene type and composition, some are especially successful in relieving stress, while others promote focus and acuity. Many of Seattle’s most popular strains have earthy or fruity terpene profiles.
THC or THC Percentage – Tetrahydrocannabinol, better known as THC, is the component in cannabis responsible for the psychoactive effects. THC binds to cannabinoid receptors and promotes feelings of euphoria, and perception.
CBD or CBD Percentage – Cannabidiol is also known as CBD and stimulates feelings of relaxation. CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid.
Concentrates – Any cannabis product procured through an extraction process. Solvents (e.g., butane, CO2, ethanol) strip compounds from the cannabis plant, leaving behind a product with cannabinoids packed in every drop. Some types of extracts test as high as 80% in THC, while others are rich in non-psychoactive compounds like CBD deliver a non-psychoactive experience. Concentrates are one of the most popular forms of consumption in Washington State. Read more in our blog on Greenwood’s best cannabis concentrates here.
BHO – Butane Hash Oil is a popular extraction method for cannabis processors in the greater Seattle area. The final product usually resembles a thick amber-colored oil, not unlike honey in appearance. BHO generally tests between 60 percent and 90 percent THC, making it perhaps the most potent concentrate in Seattle’s recreational weed market.
Pre-roll – A joint which has been pre-rolled and is ready for consumption upon purchase. Perfect for those who want a little less involvement in preparation. Click here to view Tree’s selection of pre-rolled joints.
Sativa vs Indica – Sub-species of the cannabis plant that vary in effect. Click here to read more on a previous post.
RSO – Rick Simpson Oil or “Honey Oil” is a full spectrum plant extract of the pot plant. It contains very high levels of THC and is rich in multiple cannabinoids. This is to be ingested, not vaporized.
Vape Cartridges – Pre-filled pot concentrate cartridges to be used with vaporizer batteries or “pens”. Cartridges come in many different strains and are usually in quantities of a half or full gram. This portable, hand-held method are designed to heat the cannabis product to a temperature just below that of combustion, thereby producing vapor to be inhaled instead of smoke. Concentrate cartridges are growing more popular by the day in Seattle.
Edibles – Cannabis-infused foods. They’re potent and body-focused. The amount of time it takes for the effects to kick in depends on your metabolism. People with faster metabolisms may feel medicated after an hour, yet people with slower metabolisms may not feel the effects for two hours or more.
Common Quantities of Cannabis –
Gram = 1 gram
Eighth = 1/8th of an ounce or 3.5 grams
Quarter= 1/4 of an ounce or 7 grams
Half Ounce= Approx. 14 grams
Ounce= Approx. 28 grams
Co2 Oil – A type of concentrate. Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the most frequently used gas to go through Supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) because its critical point can be reached at around 90 °F, cool enough that delicate plant terpenes and cannabinoids don’ t get deactivated. CO2 is a “green solvent” unlike butane or hexane, which are petroleum derivatives. Co2 is argued as a ‘purer’ extraction method, and many Washington State processors are now utilizing this method.
Dabbing – Inhaling the vapors from a concentrated form of weed. See ‘concentrates‘.
Budtenders – The concierge of your cannabis experience. Someone very familiar with variations in method of consumption, product varietals and products offered within the pot shop you have entered.
Trees Pot Shop takes pride in our extremely knowledgeable and friendly staff who are there to help make sure you have the most positive cannabis experience possible. Head into our location off of Greenwood Avenue North for a recreational weed experience that will knock your socks off!