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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Dab (or Dabbing)

The process of smoking cannabis concentrates like butane harsh oil, budder, wax or shatter by placing a ‘dab’ of cannabis concentrate onto a heated surface is known as a nail. The super-high concentrates are made by extracting Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) which is a strong psychoactive chemical compound and through a process that uses hydrocarbons as the solvent. Dabbing provides a different and more powerful high than smoking buds or flowers thus one should know their limits so as not to overdo it.


It is a long, pointy tool used to place the cannabis concentrates to a heated surface or nail while you suck the bong to get the smoke - it’s made of glass or metal and helps a user to dab safely without risking getting hurt.


Fungus disease that attacks young cannabis seedlings and clones causing the stem to rot at the base - over-watering is the main cause of damping-off.


A term used by people who regularly get high to refer to something of superior quality. More specifically, it can be used to refer to very strong smelling and thus high-quality cannabis. Dank would be synonymous with words like remarkable and awesome.

De Facto Standard

A De Facto Standard - or ad hoc standard - is based on common practices that are well established. De facto standards for format, language, or protocol, have wide general acceptance although they are not formally recognized by a standards developer. Common de facto standards include the arrangement of keys on a typewriter or keyboard (QWERTY keyboard) and the MS-DOS computer operating system.

Dead Legs

An engineering term referring to a length of pipe, usually at right angles to the main pipe, that does not allow full flushing of the pipe to remove its contents. With a dead leg system residues or cleaning agents can remain in the "dead" area after cleaning is completed.

Decarboxylate (or Decarbing)

Decarboxylation of cannabis involves exposure of the cannabinoids to extremely hot temperatures (like smoking), thus removing the acidic component of the compound and converting it into a more desired cannabinoid. Acidic compounds such as Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid (or THCA) and Cannabidiolic Acid (or CBDA) are transformed into Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) and Cannabidiol (or CBD) respectively. Once cannabis decarboxylated, it can be used in edibles or tinctures.


First-party attestation.


To rot or decay, etc., through organic chemical change.


The use of physical or chemical means to remove, inactivate or destroy microorganisms on a surface or item so there are no infectious organisms and the surface or item is rendered safe for handling, use, or disposal.

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