Last Updated: 02/04/2019


Cannabis Education

What are cannabinoids?

Simply put, cannabinoids are the chemical compounds in cannabis that provide a variety of effects. While you may be familiar with CBD and THC, we now know cannabis contains at least 85 different cannabinoids. While many are still being researched, certain cannabinoids have been proven to provide medical benefits such as relief from inflammation, nausea and pain.

Endocannabinoids work by interacting with our endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for maintaining our body’s homeostasis.


What are terpenes?

Terpenes are the chemical compounds responsible for the scent and flavor of cannabis. Terpenes are emitted from the glands of cannabis plants. There are over 100 different terpenes that we currently know about, each giving a distinctive flavor and aroma. Terpenes interact with cannabinoids to heighten or decrease certain effects in a phenomenon known as the entourage effect. Click here to learn more about terpenes.


What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, more commonly known by the acronym CBD is a chemical compound in cannabis. Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive and as a result will not get you high. There is evidence that shows that CBD is an anti inflammatory, antioxidant and neuroprotectant. CBD is commonly used by medical cannabis patients for its stress-relieving and analgesic properties. Click here to learn more about CBD.


What is THC?

Tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known by the acronym THC is the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis. THC is found in the resin glands of the female cannabis flower. THC works by binding to cannabinoid receptors in the human brain and creating a complex series of chemical reactions. THC has been proven to have medical benefits such as increasing appetite and reducing nausea. Click here to learn more about THC.


What are the differences between CBD from hemp and CBD from cannabis?

Cannabis-derived CBD is produced from cannabis plants, which are classified under federal law has having more than just trace amounts of 0.03% THC. Conversely, Hemp-derived CBD is produced from industrial hemp plants. Unlike cannabis, which is often grown to be ingested, hemp is grown for fibers to produce utility products like hemp clothing, hemp rope and hemp plastic.

Cannabis derived CBD is what is generally what is consumed by medical cannabis patients and recreational cannabis enthusiasts for its variety of medical affects. In states that prohibit cannabis completely, Hemp-derived CBD is the only CBD product legally available. Click here to learn more about hemp oil vs. CBD oil.


Will cannabis affect other medications?

While we here at Herb are not medical professionals, we have spoken to medical professionals in order to be used as an educational tool. This information should not be taken as medical advice. To learn more about how cannabis can interact with other medications click here.


What is a landrace strain?

Landrace strains are the original strains of cannabis which developed in completely isolated environments over centuries.  These strains have never been cross-bred with other strains and have thus adapted and developed distinct characteristics suited to the climate and conditions of their geographic locations. To learn more about landrace strains click here.  



Can I buy cannabis products online?

While you currently cannot by cannabis products on Herb, If you live in Canada or in a legal state in the United States there are a variety of sites on which you can purchase cannabis. We recommend using our product section and our strain section to learn more about the brands and products currently available on the cannabis market.


To learn more about buying cannabis products online click here.


To learn more about buying CBD products in all 50 states click here.


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Is it legal to ship cannabis or CBD products?

In the United States, shipping cannabis products between legal states is currently illegal due to federal regulations.

In Canada, cannabis products can be shipped legally to all provinces and territories. To learn more about region-specific cannabis regulations click here.


Will using CBD cause me to fail a drug test?

Drug-tests were not designed to detect CBD. Doses under 1000mg of CBD per day, should not be detected by a drug test provided you are using high-quality CBD oil that is THC-free. However, not every company makes CBD using the same methods and there is some level of risk involved if you are consuming CBD and subject to a drug test. To learn more about if CBD will show up on a drug test click here.


Can I take cannabis products on a plane?

TSA is a federal entity and at this time, cannabis remains a Schedule 1 drug in the United States. It remains illegal to transport cannabis on a plane, even if you are legally registered as a medical patient.

In Canada, it is legal to take cannabis products on planes, so long as you are travelling domestically.


What are the cannabis regulations in Canada?

On October 17th 2018, Canada officially legalized recreational cannabis nationwide. For an in depth look at the cannabis laws by province and territory please click here.


What are the cannabis regulations in the United States?

While currently cannabis remains a Schedule 1 substance and is thus illegal federally, there are a number of states that have legalized cannabis in some form.

Those states are as follows:

States That Have Legalized Medical Cannabis

  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • West Virginia


States That Have Legalized Medical And Recreational Cannabis

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Washington D.C.


States That Have Legalized CBD Only (Specific Regulations For Accessibility Vary By State)

  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming


States Where Cannabis Remains Illegal

  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska
  • South Dakota


Can I own a firearm if I use cannabis?

The Gun Control Act of 1968 bars cannabis consumers from using their Second Amendment right to own a firearm. To learn more about cannabis and gun ownership click here.


Can I use cannabis in India?

Currently cannabis remains federally illegal in India. India has issued licenses for medical research, but has not outlined medical cannabis access regulations as of yet.

For more information please contact India’s Ministry Of Health and Family Welfare.


Can I use cannabis in Mexico?

Recreational cannabis remains illegal in Mexico, although there has been increasing discussion around legalization.

Medical cannabis is permitted in Mexico. For more information please contact Mexico’s Ministry of Health.


Can I use cannabis in the UK?

Recreational cannabis remains illegal throughout the UK. However, the UK does operate a medical cannabis program. For more information please contact The Department of Health And Social Care.


Can I use cannabis in Australia?

At this time, recreational cannabis and home growing remain illegal in Australia. However, Australia does operate a legal medical cannabis program. For more information about the medical cannabis program, please contact Australia’s Department of Health.



Herb has created a database of hundreds of cannabis strains as an educational resource for medical patients and recreational users. While this is not intended to replace advice, treatment or diagnosis from a medical professional, it has been created for informational purposes. We believe it is important to empower cannabis consumers to make educated choices.

For a collection of strains click here.



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