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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An invention in concentrate and dabbing communities, specifically, E-Nails are digitally controlled heating devices that allow the user to keep a consistent heat setting so as to always get the best tasting and potent hit. Compared to the typical hand torch, which often delivers varying results, this tool takes dabbing to the next level.


A product is made by whipping oils extracted from the hash, you can mix the oil using a whisk that you would typically use for whipping heavy cream into whipped cream. However, unlike the baking process, the hash oil must be heated while being whipped with the whisk. The oil substance will become lighter and fluffier in texture and is often considered more delightful to smoke.


Edibles are cannabis-infused products that are consumed orally, versus smoking flower or concentrate. Some of the more common forms of edibles include baked goods (like brownies and cookies) and candy (like chocolate, gummies and lollipops), but can also be found in coffee, beef jerky, soda and more. Eating an edible is different than smoking bud because it’s being digested versus inhaled, which often results in a more intense and elongated high. When consuming an edible, it’s always safe to go slow and feel the intended effects first before consuming more.

Effects (of Cannabis)

The effects of cannabis are caused by the chemical compounds in the plant, including cannabinoids, such as Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC), which is only one of more than 100+ different cannabinoids present in the plant. Cannabis has various psychological and physiological effects on the human body.


An 'eighth' (or 1/8) of an ounce (or 28.5 grams) refers to a specific quantity of cannabis which equates to 3.5 grams. Dispensaries will sell their products to consumers and patients using this amount. Other common amounts are a 'quarter' (or 1/4) of an ounce (or 28.5 grams) which equates to sevens grams of cannabis.


A solid electric conductor used to establish an electrical arc between contacts at either end of an High-Intensity Discharge (HID) lamp.


To grow in length - cannabis stretches from three inches (or 7.5 centimeters) to a foot (or 0.3 meters) when flowering is induced.


Bubbles of air in the transpiration stream of a cutting or cannabis clone - blocks uptake of water and nutrients.


A young plant, developing within the seed - in cannabis, an embryo is derived from a fertilized ovule.

Encarsia Formosa

A parasitic wasp that preys on whiteflies.

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