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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Nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) are the three major cannabis plant nutrients.


This tool works in conjunction with a dabbing rig, the nail is heated with a torch to vaporize cannabis hash oil when it is applied, which allows for it to be smoked. It is called a nail due to its resemblance of a nail with a thick head. When you heat the nail it will turn red, then you must allow it to cool just until the red color fades and place the cannabis on the head in order to heat and vaporize your smokables.

Nanometer (or nm)

One billionth of a meter (or 0.000000001 meter), nm is used as a scale to measure electromagnetic wavelengths of light - color and light spectrums are expressed in nanometers.

National Standards Body (NSB)

One public or private sector organization that serves as an economy’s member body to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). In addition, some National Standards Bodies (NSB's) may also serve as a coordinator of domestic standards activities.

Necrosis (or Necrotic)

Localized death of a cannabis plant part due to injury or disease.


Not commonly used, nectar often refers to the process of making hash oil only from flower nugs, rather than trim.

Negative Pressure Room

A pressurized room that keeps dust and contaminants within a room and prevents dust and contaminants from getting into other rooms.

Nitrogen (N)

An essential element for growing cannabis, it is one of the three major nutrients N-P-K.


A joint on the stem or the position on the cannabis plant from which leaves, shoots, or flowers grow.


The non-fulfillment of a specified requirement. A non-conformance usually leads to rejection or reworking of the item or process.

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