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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Sinsemilla is a term describing the cannabis plants that are not pollinated hence lacking seeds, if a female cannabis plant is not fertilized it will contain seedless pods with large amounts of resin resulting in a more potent cannabis. A sinsemilla strain is produced by removing the male flowers from existence before they release pollen grains, enabling the plant to focus all the seed producing energy into bud producing energy. 

Skin Up

A derivative of the word 'skins,' or papers, 'skinning up' is a euphemism for rolling a spliff.


It refers to a hybrid of Sativa and Indica strains of cannabis that are distinguished by its powerful, pungent smell likened to a spray from a skunk. It is a unique, high-quality strain that delivers excellent yields, making it used in the breeding of more strains like Super Skunk, Early Girl, Northern Lights, and Jack Herer.


The inhalation of smoke or vapors released by heating the flowers, leaves, or extracts of cannabis and releasing the main psychoactive chemical, Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC), which is absorbed into the bloodstream via the lungs.


A joint or spliff rolled from the roaches of other joints or spliffs so nipes are usually a last resort method of getting stoned. The disgustingness of a snipe will depend on the quality of the roaches you find, but while there can be a noticeable difference between a bad snipe and a really bad snipe, there is no such thing as a good snipe. Avoiding them is recommended.


Used as a cleaning agent, wetting agent, or insecticide - all soap used in horticulture should be biodegradable.


Threaded, wired holder for a light bulb.

Soilless Mix

A growing medium made up of mineral particles such as vermiculite, perlite, sand, pumice, etc. - organic moss is often a component of a soilless mix.


Able to be dissolved in liquid, especially water.


A mixture of two or more solids, liquids, or gases, often with water.

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