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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Backcross

A type of breeding method that involves crossing a progeny with one of the most desirable original parental genotypes. In cannabis breeding, a hybrid plant is bred with one of its parents to maintain the desired traits of the original parent and enhance those with recessive genes.

Bacteria

Extremely small, single-celled organisms that usually have a cell wall and reproduce by cell division.

Bag Seed

The common term that is given to a seed of unknown origin that was found in a bag of cannabis.

Ballast

A stabilizing unit that regulates the flow of electricity and starts an High-Intensity Discharge (HID) lamp - a ballast consists of a transformer and a capacitor.

Beneficial Insect

A good insect that eats bad, cannabis-munching insects.

Bhang

Bhang is frequently used as a synonym for cannabis flowers, though the word itself originally refers to a cannabis-infused beverage produced in the Indian subcontinent. This beverage is occasionally prepared with raw, unheated flowers and is not considered a drug. Sometimes, however, it is heated during preparation and thus made with activated cannabinoids.

Biodegradable

To decompose through natural bacterial action - substances made of organic matter can be broken down naturally.

Biosynthesis

The production of a chemical compound by a plant.

Blasting

The process of creating hash oil by passing a solvent through the cannabis plant material.

Bleach

Household laundry bleach is used in a mild water solution to sterilize grow rooms and as soil fungicide.

Blood Meal

High-nitrogen organic fertilizer made from dried blood.

Bloom

To yield cannabis flowers.

Bloom Booster

Fertilizer high in phosphorus and potassium that increases cannabis flower yield and weight.

Blue Dream

This renowned Sativa-heavy hybrid is one of the most sought-after strains and it is bred from a cross between Blueberry Indica and Haze Sativa, Blue Dream is a great daytime strain - it provides symptom relief without knocking you out for the rest of the day.

Blunt

A method of smoking cannabis which consists of hollowing out a cigar, filling it with cannabis, and re-rolling it. Blunts tend to be the favorite method of smoking at parties, because one blunt, even with a dozen people smoking it, can burn for a long time. The method was originally nicknamed after the Phillies Blunt brand of cigars. 'Dutchies' referring to blunts rolled from Dutch Master cigars, is another common name. People who avoid tobacco are generally averse to smoking blunts, because most cigar casings are made from tobacco leaf.

Blunt Wrap

Tobacco-based rolling paper designed for people who enjoy rolling their own blunts. The paper mimics the casing of regular cigars, but can come in a wide variety of sizes and flavors. Blunt wraps are taxed as tobacco products in various states, and may require a license to sell.

Bong

A bong is usually a glass, ceramic, or plastic apparatus that is used to smoke cannabis flowers, herbal extracts, or tobacco. A bong, similar to a hookah, filters smoke through water so that it may be cooled before it is inhaled. In its simplest form, a bong consists of a bowl and a stem, but as the complexity and artisanship increases and the bong becomes more sophisticated, ash catchers, ice holders, and percolators may be incorporated. These additional 'contraptions' are intended to further purify and cleanse the smoke. 

Bonsai

A very short or dwarfed cannabis plant.

Bowl

The part of your cannabis instrument of choice (pipe or bong) where you pack (place) the bud. On pipes, there’s often a hole on the side of it that you cover when inhaling cannabis smoke. Alternatively, bowl can be used to refer to the pipe as a whole, or it can be used as a crude unit of measurement.

Bract

Small spur-like foliage that grows from the stem at the point from which flowers emerge.

Breaker Box

Electrical circuit box having on/off switches rather than fuses, the main breaker box is also called a 'service panel.'

Breed

To sexually propagate cannabis under controlled circumstances.

Bubbler

A bubbler is essentially a cross between a pipe and a bong. It's like a pipe because it has the size and shape of a pipe, and also includes a hole or 'carb' on the side of the bowl. But it also usually has a bulb under the bowl to hold water, allowing water filtration just like in a bong. This is useful if you want something portable like a pipe that still has the potency of a bong. It is named for the sound the water makes when you smoke it.

Bud

Bud refers to the actual flower of the cannabis plant. These are the fluffy parts that are harvested and used for recreational or medicinal purposes as they contain the highest concentrations of active cannabinoids.

Bud Blight

A withering condition that attacks cannabis' flowering buds.

Budder

A budder is the most potent solvent-extract cannabis product with a Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) concentration of up to 99.6%. The cannabis concentrate that is similar to wax but more pliable retains more of the terpenes so it tends to be more flavorful than other types of harsh oils.

Budtender

A dispensary employee, similar to a pharmacist, who works behind the counter and showcases the stores' different products. They are usually very knowledgeable and will help guide you through your cannabis experience. Remember, they are there to help; if you have any questions from strain types to ingestion methods, feel free to ask.

Buffer

A substance that reduces the shock and cushions against fluctuations, many fertilizers contain buffer agents.

Bulb

Outer glass envelope or jacket that protects the arc tube of an High-Intensity Discharge (HID) lamp.

Bulbous Trichome

Ball-shaped, resin-producing plant hair without a stalk.

Butane

One of the most popular solvents used in earlier concentrate extraction methods. Butane is marginally cheaper than propane and can be used to produce a wide range of concentrate products.

Butane Hash Oil (or BHO)

A strong concentrate of cannabinoids that is obtained by immersing the cannabis plant in a solvent, normally butane leaving a stick and resinous liquid after the extraction process. It has a high concentration of Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) going up to 80% and is also referred to as 'honey oil,' 'earwax' or 'shatter,' depending on the mode of production. Butane hash oil can be smoked, vaporized directly or ingested by mixing it with other edible products.

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