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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One or all of the primary nutrients N-P-K (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, or Potassium) or the secondary nutrients magnesium (Mg) and calcium (Ca).


Trim leaves and large stems from buds with scissors or fine pruners so the most Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) potent portion remains.


Marijuana, or marihuana, is a name for the cannabis plant and more specifically a drug preparation from it. 'Marijuana' as a term varies in usage, definition and legal application around the world. Some jurisdictions define 'marijuana' as the whole cannabis plant or any part of it, while others refer to 'marijuana' as a portion of the cannabis plant that contains high levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC). Some jurisdictions recognize 'marijuana' as a distinctive strain of cannabis, the other being hemp. The form 'marihuana' is first attested in Mexican Spanish; it then spread to other varieties of Spanish and to English, French, and other languages.

Marijuana Infused Product (or MIP)

It refers to products that are prepared with cannabis concentrates and are subject to different labeling requirements like the list of ingredients, their respective profiles, directions for use and a disclaimer.

Mary Jane

The term and fictional lady character of ‘Mary Jane’ is a play on the sound of the pronunciation of 'cannabis.' When cannabis was more taboo, using the term ‘Mary Jane’ was an undercover way of referring to the plant. However, as today’s culture grows and matures the taboo nature has dropped and the term has become so popular most everyone knows the reference.


In the cannabis industry, medical usually refers to cannabis grown in a regulated medical market and you usually buy it in a dispensary. Some jurisdictions, however, have systems that link patients with personal caregivers who provide medical cannabis, or that allow patients to simply grow their own medicine at home.


Being 'medicated' is a term similar to being stoned or high. Most recently, the medical community has coined this term to help change the stigma surrounding the consumption of cannabis.

Meristem Pruning

Cutting away the cannabis plants' growth tips to encourage branching and limit height.


One-millionth (1/1,000,000) of a meter.

Micron Grade

Refers to the micron bag used to collect trichomes during bubble hash production - popular micron grades include 73u, 90u, and 140u.

Micron Screen

A small, finely perforated mesh screen used in the production of bubble hash.


Trace elements necessary for plant health, including sulfur (S), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), boron (B), zinc (Zn), and copper (Cu).


Manufacture rain with a misting system or spray bottle.


Mites are common pests belonging to the spider family. The tiny pests attack the leaf of a cannabis plant resulting in yellowing, stippling, and weakening of the plants. Mites inhabit the underside of the leaf and suck out the life-giving sap of the plants. The leaves of these plants will be characterized with suck-hole marks and yellow patches from failure to produce chlorophyll. A mite infestation can result in disastrous results hence an early detection is key.

Moisture Meter

An electronic device that measures the moisture content of soil or a substrate at any given point.


It’s a type of fungus thriving in moist and warm conditions. It grows on a cannabis leaf in the form of multicellular thread-like structures called hyphae and when in excess could end up damaging the plant. Symptoms of excess fungi growth include leaf spots, blight, cankers, rot, and damping off among other reactions.


Producing only one color, Low-Pressure Sodium (or LPS) lights are monochromatic.


Having a male (staminate flowers) and female (pistillate flowers) reproductive systems or flowers on the same plant.


The study of the form and structure of animals and plants.


Mota or moto is Spanish slang for cannabis, similar to 'weed,' 'mary jane,' or 'bud.'

Mother Plant

A 'mother' is typically a large, female cannabis plant held in vegetative state and used for cutting (cloning) stock - a mother plant may be grown from seed or be a clone. Mother plants are what allow growers to produce more of a strain, they could take a half-dozen clones from one mother plant, grow those clones to fruition, and come harvest you have significantly more cannabis to sell than if you had only grown and harvested the mother plant. The loss of a mother plant could mean the potential loss of an entire genetic line of cannabis.


A protective covering for the soil or compost, old leaves, paper, rocks, etc. - indoors, mulch keeps soil too moist and possible fungus could result from and outdoors mulch helps the soil retain and attract moisture.


An inheritable change in genetic material.


The mass of strands that form the root-like part of fungi, often submerged in soil or a host body.

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