Industry Terms

Industry Terms & Commonly Used Slang

Scratching your head over what “kief” is? 

Since many of our learners are newbies in the cannabis industry, you might see confusing words or phrases in the community. Browse our glossary to find a variety of cannabis term definitions and become more educated on industry terminology. 

This glossary will clear up the confusion and get you speaking like a native GC'er in no time! Also, please add new glossary terms if you see anything missing.

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To remove moisture from the air.


To remove water from cannabis plants' foliage.


To exhaust soil of nutrients, making it infertile - once the soil is used to grow a cannabis garden, it is depleted.


To cause to dry up - insecticidal soap desiccates its victims.


Liquid soap concentrate used as a wetting agent for sprays and water or a pesticide - detergent must be totally organic to be safe for cannabis plants.


The process of removing waxes and lipid fats from concentrates to create a purer, more stable product - dewaxing is typically conducted when creating shatter.


A period of cannabis plant dormancy during which growth or development is suspended or diminished.


It is a Sativa strain named after its pungent diesel-like aroma - it a great pick for those looking for a mood-boosting high with a heightened clarity of mind and the most well-known variety of diesel is 'Sour Diesel.'


A component of many bubblers, bongs, and water pipes that aids in cooling the smoke prior to inhalation, thus making it a smoother hit for your lungs. The diffuser is usually located at the bottom of the downstem, touching the water, and this diffusion allows for air to escape. There are several different types of diffusers, some with more holes than others, but all of them have the same purpose: to provide additional surface area for the formation of bubbles, which helps air flow through the smoking device for a smoother hit.


A population consisting of gynoecious and androecious plants.

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