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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Ultraviolet (or UV)
Light with very short wavelengths, out of the far blue visible spectrum and is electromagnetic radiation with a wavelength from 10 nm to 400 nm, shorter than that of visible light but longer than X-rays.
The most popular type of solvent purging equipment; uses heat and negative pressure to strip concentrate slurry of residual solvent.
A vaporizer is a device that functions by heating the flowers or oils to a specific temperature causing them to release an odorless vapor that is then inhaled directly. Studies have shown that vaporizers are a healthier alternative to smoking as the devices are designed to produce an inhalable vapor that preserves the active ingredients of cannabis without destroying the material which could lead to intake of harmful substances.
A distinct cannabis strain or phenotype.
Referring to a cannabis plant's circulatory system which carries sap throughout the body of the plant.
An organism (as an insect) that transmits disease, a pathogen, or an organism that transmits genes, a pollinator.
The vegetative state refers to the growing phase of the cannabis plants characterized by the establishment of a solid root system and full leaf development in preparation for the flowering stage. The vegetative cycle of a cannabis plant takes about 4 - 6 weeks depending on plant strain and the surrounding environment. Growing plants should have access to at least 18 hours of light in a 24-hour cycle to maximize photosynthesis to produce as much leafy foliage as possible. The vegetative stage is also an ideal time to get clones if you are interested in a particular strain.
A cannabis vending machine is a vending machine for selling or dispensing cannabis. They are currently in use and some may be located in secure rooms in dispensaries. Some may be operated by employees after a fingerprint scan is obtained from the patient.
An opening such as a window or door that allows the circulation of fresh air in cannabis cultivation.