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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Kaya literally means 'beautiful,' but in Jamaica 'Kaya' is the common term for 'cannabis' or 'ganja.' Kaya was made famous worldwide by the infamous reggae music star Bob Marley who, in addition to signing about Kaya in a vast number of his songs, even had one of his top albums titled 'Kaya.'


Super-potent cannabis strain, KGB is an acronym for 'Killer Green Buds.'


Kief, also known as keef or kif, refers to the resinous trichomes of cannabis that may accumulate in containers or be sifted from loose, dry cannabis flower with a mesh screen or sieve. Kief contains a much higher concentration of psychoactive cannabinoids, such as Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC), than that of the cannabis flowers from which it is derived. Traditionally, kief has been pressed into cakes of hashish for convenience in storage but can be vaporized or smoked in either form. After the kief is collected it is heated and pressurized, which turns it into hashish.

Kilowatt Hour (or kWh)

A measure of electricity used per hour - a 1,000-watt High-Intensity Discharge (HID) uses one kilowatt per hour.


It is a term for high-quality bud with high levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC). Usually, it’s very effective even with small dosages and often people use the term 'kind bud' to refer to a very pungent, high-THC, quality cannabis flower.


Kush is a strain of Cannabis Indica and the origins are from landrace plants mainly in Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan and North-Western India with the name coming from the Hindu Kush mountain range.