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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Being 'stoney' is a lot like being stoned, in fact, it pretty much just is being stoned, only maybe a little more 'after the fact.'


A cannabis strain is a particular kind of plant species, either in a pure or hybrid variety like Sativa or Indica found in both the recreational and medical arenas. Each strain is grown to increase certain traits of the plant, with names being chosen by the actual grower to mirror the strain’s color, taste, smell, origin or physical effect on the user. There are hundreds of strains available, with more being produced every day thanks to the many options to crossbreed. It’s important to note that the cannabis industry is trying to maintain some type of consistency between each strain, but unfortunately, many of them are misclassified or marketed improperly causing confusion for the dispensary owner or buyer.


A physical or chemical factor that causes extra exertion by plants, usually by restricting fluid flow to foliage - a stressed plant will grow poorly.


The medium on which cannabis plants grow, like soil, soilless mix, rock, etc.


The food product of a cannabis plant.


A reservoir that receives drainage; a drain or receptacle for hydroponic nutrient solutions used for growing cannabis.


Sungrown is used to describe the method of growing superior cannabis using the sun as the major light source instead of artificial lighting used in indoor and greenhouse cultivation that is associated with very high electrical use. Sungrown cultivation implies that photoperiod control is used to produce a higher quality of cannabis than what is commonly referred to as outdoor cannabis, which is a lower grade of cannabis that was grown without the intention or care of sungrown and is often allowed to flower in the fall with the natural cycle.

Super Bloom

A common name for fertilizer high in phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) that promotes cannabis flower formation and growth.

Super-Critical Botanical Extractor

An expensive piece of extraction machinery that uses carbon dioxide (or CO2) as the primary solvent to produce refined, calibrated, and high-quality results.


Swisher refers to the cheap and popular cigar brand Swisher Sweets, which is often the most popular cigar bought when you want to smoke a cannabis blunt. Swishers are cheap and tasty, but not recommended if you actually want to smoke just a cigar.

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