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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Clay Soil

Soil made of very fine organic and mineral particles, clay soil drains slowly and is not suitable for container gardening.

Climate

The average condition of the weather in a grow room or outdoors.

Clone

A clone is a cannabis plant clipping that can be planted and grown, creating a genetic copy of the mother. Scientifically, cloning is the act of asexually propagating the cannabis plant to create a genetic copy. Cloning is very popular in the cannabis industry and many strains are simply 'clones' that are passed from one grower to another.

Closed-Loop Extraction

Most commonly referring to butane or propane extraction, closed-loop extraction is a chemical extraction process that recycles hydrocarbon solvent or carbon dioxide (or CO2) in a closed system, opposed to releasing the gas into the air. The closed-loop method is far safer than open blasting.

Cola

The cola is the large flower cluster at the top of a cannabis plant's main stem (larger side branches can also contain cola nugs). The cola is heavily-coated in kief, which makes it both the strongest and tastiest part of a cannabis plant to smoke. Mexican and North American slang word for cannabis flow top - 'cola' in Spanish actually means tail.

Colchicine

A poisonous alkaloid from the autumn crocus, used in plant breeding to induce polypoid mutations.

Cold

For cannabis plants, air temperatures below 50 F (10 C).

Cold Frame

An unheated outdoor structure usually clad in glass or clear plastic used to protect and acclimatize cannabis seedlings and plants.

Color Spectrum

The band of colors (measured in Nm) emitted by a light source.

Color Tracer

A coloring agent that is added to many commercial fertilizers so the horticulturist knows there is fertilizer in the solution.


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