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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High-Terpene Full Spectrum Extract (or HTFSE)

Created through hydrocarbon extraction with an emphasis on terpene preservation.

Homologous Chromosomes

Members of paired chromosomes in non-gametic cells and homologous chromosomes are similar in size, shape, and function - one of each chromosomal pair is derived from the male plant, the other from the female.


A sticky honey-like substance secreted onto foliage by aphids, scale, and mealy bugs.


The reflective cover of a High-Intensity Discharge (or HID) lamp.


The abbreviation stamped on some High-Intensity Discharge (HID) bulbs meaning they may be used in a horizontal position.


A chemical substance that controls the growth and development of a cannabis plant - root-inducing hormones help the clones root.


The science and art of cultivating cannabis plants.

Hose Bib

Water outlet usually found outdoors that contains an on/off valve.

Hostile Environment

An environment that is unfriendly and inhospitable to pests and diseases, and/or cannabis plants.

Hot Box

To hot box a location, you must smoke so much cannabis inside that the air is literally filled with smoke. A proper hot box works best inside of small spaces, such as a closet or bathroom.

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