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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The mature, fertilized ovule of a pistillate plant, containing a protective shell, embryo, and supply of food - a seed will germinate and grow, given heat and moisture.

Seed Pod

A dry calyx containing a mature or maturing seed.

Seed-to-Sale Concentrates

Single source cannabis concentrates that have been created by a company that grows its own flower from seed.


To fertilize with pollen from the same flower or cannabis plant; self-pollinating.


The declining growth stage in a cannabis plant or plant part from its prime to death.

Sexual Propagation

Sexual propagation is the process in which male and female sex cells (gametes) from separate parents unite in the female plant to form what will eventually mature into a new, genetically distinct individual. This process occurs when pollen from a male (staminate) parent unites with an ovule within the ovary of a female flower to create an embryo. This embryo, when mature and fully developed, will become a seed.


Slang term for 'bunk,' lower growth or the least potent portion of harvest - small particles of cannabis broken off the main 'nug' inside a bag due to rough handling - many times, the shake is flaked or powder-like and used for cooking.


Shatter is a type of concentrate that is believed to be the purest and most potent type of cannabis product. Shatter, or butane hash oil, is created through an extraction process that eliminates fats and lipids, it’s typically transparent and easily breaks into fragments. Users can add shatter to a bowl of flower or melt it and inhale the resulting smoke, known as dabbing.

Short Circuit

Condition that results when wires cross and form a circuit - a short circuit will trip breaker switches and blow fuses.


Shotgunning is the act of taking a hit of cannabis from a joint, pipe, or other smoking apparatus, and blowing it directly into someone else’s mouth. The idea is they will then inhale the same smoke you inhaled. This is not to be confused with the beer-drinking term, in which you stab a hole in the bottom of a beer can and chug the beer with gravity’s help.

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