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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Macronutrient

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


Manicure

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


Marijuana

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.

Medical

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.

Medicated

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.


Micron

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.


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