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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Ice Wax

Ice wax is a solvent-less bubble hash that is collected using ice and water to separate the trichomes or Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) from the frozen cannabis plant matter and then filtering it through screens of varying microns. It has a fine, grainy texture that looks a lot like beach sand. The product melts fully leaving behind little to no residual residue, indicating very little cannabis plant matter in its structure.


The process of breeding cannabis solely within the seed lot with no external pollen inputs.


It refers to one of the three species of cannabis namely Sativa, Ruderalis and Indica. The plant traces its origin from the Hindu Kush Mountains in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Majority of the Indica plants are small with broad leaves and produce a lot of buds. The plant has higher levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) compared to Cannabidiol (or CBD) and has many medical benefits like relaxing muscles, treating chronic pain and helping with sleep due to its sedative properties.

Indica-Sativa Hybrid

This refers to the crossbreed of an Indica and Sativa, some hybrids contain an equal mix of the two species, providing an overall head and body high. Other hybrids are dominated by either Sativa or Indica. Indica dominant strains have higher Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) levels while Sativa dominant strains are higher in the Cannabidiol (or CBD).

Indoleacetic Acid (or IAA)

A cannabis plant hormone that stimulates growth.


To effect, cause, or influence via stimulation - a 12-hour photoperiod stimulates flowering in cannabis plants.

Inductive Photoperiod

Day length required to stimulate flowering in cannabis plants.


A substance that will not chemically reactive - inert growing mediums make it easy to control the chemistry of the nutrient solution.


A cluster of cannabis flowers.

Infused Product

This refers to a product that is combined with concentrated cannabis oils during its preparation. It includes edibles, beverages, botanicals, tinctures, kitchens, and more. Edibles are the most common form of infused products and if not careful could result in consumption beyond the normal levels.

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