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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Endocannabinoid System (or ECS)

A biological system composed of endocannabinoids, which are endogenous lipid-based retrograde neurotransmitters that bind to cannabinoid receptors, and cannabinoid receptor proteins that are expressed throughout the mammalian central nervous system (including the brain) and peripheral nervous system. The endocannabinoid system is involved in regulating a variety of physiological and cognitive processes including fertility, pregnancy, during pre- and post-natal development, appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory, and in mediating the pharmacological effects of cannabis. 


An entheogen is a class of psychoactive substances that induce any type of spiritual experience aimed at development - the term entheogen is often chosen to contrast the recreational use of the same drugs.


Outer protective bulb or jacket of a lamp.

Epsom Salts

Hydrated magnesium sulfate in the form of white crystalline salt - epsom salts add magnesium to the soil.


When the sun crosses the equator and day and night are each 12 hours long - the equinox happens twice a year.


Another nickname for Butane Hash Oil (or BHO).

Essential Oils

Volatile oils that give cannabis plants their characteristic odor or flavor - contained in the secreted resins of plants.

Ethane Methyl Sulfonate

A mutagenic chemical that causes changes at the Deoxyribonucleic Acid (or DNA) level - induces genetic mutations.

Ethanol Extraction

It is the process of extracting essential oils and cannabinoids from the cannabis plant by using ethyl or isopropyl as the solvent. Once the plant material is removed, the alcohol is evaporated leaving behind a sticky and highly potent substance. Further purification is done to obtain the various forms of hash oil including oil, shatter, budder or wax.


The growth of a cannabis plant in total darkness to increase the chances of root initiation.

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