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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Vacuum Oven

The most popular type of solvent purging equipment; uses heat and negative pressure to strip concentrate slurry of residual solvent.


The act of proving, in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practice (or GMP), that any procedure, process, equipment, material, activity, or system leads to expected results.

Vape Pen

A smaller version of a regular vaporizer, it’s portable and typically uses pre-filled cartridges available in varying sizes and types of cannabis, including Sativas, Indicas, and Hybrids. In some variations, there is an option to fill the chamber with your own flower or concentrate. Vape pens and their sister product, e-cigarettes, have gained popularity within the world of cannabis because of its discreetness and lack of smell when used.


A vaporizer is a device that functions by heating the flowers or oils to a specific temperature causing them to release an odorless vapor that is then inhaled directly. Studies have shown that vaporizers are a healthier alternative to smoking as the devices are designed to produce an inhalable vapor that preserves the active ingredients of cannabis without destroying the material which could lead to intake of harmful substances.


A distinct cannabis strain or phenotype.


Referring to a cannabis plant's circulatory system which carries sap throughout the body of the plant.


An organism (as an insect) that transmits disease, a pathogen, or an organism that transmits genes, a pollinator.

Vegetative Stage

The vegetative state refers to the growing phase of the cannabis plants characterized by the establishment of a solid root system and full leaf development in preparation for the flowering stage. The vegetative cycle of a cannabis plant takes about 4 - 6 weeks depending on plant strain and the surrounding environment. Growing plants should have access to at least 18 hours of light in a 24-hour cycle to maximize photosynthesis to produce as much leafy foliage as possible. The vegetative stage is also an ideal time to get clones if you are interested in a particular strain.

Vending Machine

A cannabis vending machine is a vending machine for selling or dispensing cannabis. They are currently in use and some may be located in secure rooms in dispensaries. Some may be operated by employees after a fingerprint scan is obtained from the patient. 


A vendor supplies articles of commerce for purchase by other companies. A vendor can provide cannabis or cannabis-derived products, ingredients, excipients, Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (or API's), terpenes, or other materials or equipment.

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