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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A reproductive cell specialized for fertilization, having the haploid number of chromosomes - a mature pollen grain or ovule capable of fusing with a gamete of the opposite sex to produce the embryo.


A label for one product that is printed simultaneously on the same sheet of paper as labels for other products.


Another widely-accepted name for cannabis. The term ganja is often attributed to Rastafarian culture, but it is in fact the Hindi word for hemp, introduced to Jamaica by Indian indentured servants. Lately, its usage in western society has become incredibly mainstream.

Gap Analysis

An initial assessment of a cannabis company’s operations, systems, and processes to determine what business requirements are currently being met, and what is required to bring the company closer to meeting requirements.


A term for a hand-rolled joint or cigarette. It's an older term, usually used by older generations, but it references the sensation that you're gasping for breath after taking a particularly large hit off a joint, spliff, or cigarette. It usually refers to something rolled with particularly cheap and/or low-quality product.


Part of a chromosome that influences the development and the potency of a cannabis plant - genes are inherited through sexual propagation.

Gene Pool

Collection of possible gene combinations in an available population.

Genetic Makeup

The genes inherited from parent cannabis plants - genetic makeup is the most important factor dictating vigor and potency.


The specific genetic makeup of an individual, which determines the physical appearance of that individual cannabis plant.


It is the process by which a cannabis plant grows from a seed. Environmental conditions like warmth, moisture, and air trigger the root that is curled up inside the seed to sprout in search of more moisture. Growing mediums that are too soggy will cut off the oxygen supplies making the seeds to drown. Well-nurtured cannabis seeds germinate within 2 to 7 days.

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