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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Carbon Dioxide (or CO2) Extraction

Also known as supercritical carbon dioxide (or CO2) extraction, CO2 extraction is a technique that freezes and compresses CO2 to its supercritical state then passes the cold CO2 liquefied gas through cannabis, pulling all of the essential cannabinoids, terpene oils and waxes out of the plant material into collection receptacles. The method leaves no residue and produces an amber-colored oil which can be vaporized in a number of ways.

Carbon Dioxide (or CO2) for Cultivation

It is the addition of carbon dioxide (or CO2) to cannabis gardens to quicken the plant development and pack weight onto their buds, increasing the crop’s yield. Cannabis growers operating a closed system use CO2 generators to increase concentrations of carbon dioxide to around 800 - 1,500 Parts-Per-Million (PPM). The use of CO2 for cultivation, however, is more effective if the plants are fed with more hydroponic nutrients, light, and water.

Cashed

This refers to the state of depleted cannabis whose contents have been thoroughly used up leaving behind an ash residue. Cannabis smokers use the term to describe a bowl that has been smoked out until all resin is gone and there is nothing but ash. Cannabis that has reached its cashpoint should be emptied and repacked.

Caustic

A substance that destroys, kills or eats away by chemical activity.


Cell

The base structural unit of plants - a cell contains a nucleus, membrane, and chloroplasts.


Cellulose

A complex carbohydrate that stiffens a plant - outdoor stems contain more stiff cellulose than plants grown indoors.


Centigrade

A scale for measuring temperature where 100 degrees is the boiling point of water and 0 degrees is the freezing point of water.


Centrifugation

A method of separating a solid/liquid mixture by rotating it at high speed in a cylindrical container. The solid will remain on the sides (through centrifugal force) while the liquid goes to drain.

Certificate of Analysis (CoA)

Document describing the quality and purity data from quality control testing of a lot or batch.

Certification

Procedure by which a third-party give written assurance that a product, process, service, or person conforms to specified requirements.


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