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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Drip Line

A line around a plant directly under its outermost branch tips - roots seldom grow beyond the drip line.


Dronabinol – trade names Marinol and Syndros – is a synthetic form of Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) approved as an appetite stimulant for people with Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (or AIDS) and antiemetic for people receiving chemotherapy. THC is the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis and the term also refers to cannabinoid isomers. 

Drug Paraphernalia

A term to denote any equipment, product or accessory that is modified for making, using, or concealing drugs, typically for recreational purposes. Paraphernalia generally falls into two categories - user-specific products and dealer-specific products.

Dry Ice

Cold, white solid substance formed when carbon dioxide (or CO2) is compressed and cooled - dry ice changes into CO2 gas at room temperatures.

Dry Sieve Hash

Dry sieve hash or dry sift is a form of non-solvent hash comprised of extracted cannabis trichomes, parts of the cannabis plant that contain the active compound Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) and other cannabinoids like Cannabidiol (or CBD), Cannabinol (or CBN), and Cannabigerol (or CBG). It is done through a technique involving the use of a screen or sieve that mechanically splits the trichome heads from the cannabis plant. The powdery, crystalline resin is captured as it falls from the plant and is referred to as the dry sieve hash.

Dry Soil Pocket

A small portion of soil that remains dry after watering - dry soil pockets may be remedied by adding a wetting agent (soap) to water and/or waiting 15 minutes between watering.


A hand-held wooden box that holds a small one-hitter and a limited amount of ground cannabis in two different sections. A user would slide open the dugout, pull out the commonly spring-loaded pipe and pack it by pressing it into the compartment containing the bud. Dugouts are popular because of its semi-discreetness and level of easiness to use.

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