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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"As Found"

The condition or status of equipment, instrumentation or systems prior to calibration or maintenance activities.


2-Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG)

Another endocannabinoid, 2-arachidonoylglycerol, binds to both the CB1 and CB2 receptors with similar affinity, acting as a full agonist at both. 2-AG is present at significantly higher concentrations in the brain than anandamide, and there is some controversy over whether 2-AG rather than anandamide is chiefly responsible for endocannabinoid signalling in vivo. In particular, one in vitro study suggests that 2-AG is capable of stimulating higher G-protein activation than anandamide, although the physiological implications of this finding are not yet known.

2-Arachidonyl Glyceryl Ether (Noladin Ether)

In 2001, a third, ether-type endocannabinoid, 2-arachidonyl glyceryl ether (noladin ether), was isolated from porcine brain. Prior to this discovery, it had been synthesized as a stable analog of 2-AG; indeed, some controversy remains over its classification as an endocannabinoid, as another group failed to detect the substance at "any appreciable amount" in the brains of several different mammalian species. It binds to the CB1 cannabinoid receptor (Ki = 21.2 nmol/L) and causes sedation, hypothermia, intestinal immobility, and mild antinociception in mice. It binds primarily to the CB1 receptor, and only weakly to the CB2 receptor.



It is a code word used to refer to the socially accepted hour of the day to consume cannabis around 4:20 p.m. (or a.m.) and April 20th (4/20 in the U.S. form) is also celebrated as cannabis’s global holiday. The term originates from San Rafael High School in California (1971) among a group of cannabis-smoking teenagers called the 'Waldos,' who would meet at the campus statue of Louis Pasteur at 4:20 p.m.



Just like 420, 710 is a term used to celebrate dabs and cannabis concentrates on July 10th (7/10 in the U.S. form). The number 710 spells oil when placed backward; a word used to describe potent concentrations of cannabis like hash oil, honey oil, wax, shatter, etc. 710, therefore, is the recognized dab holiday for smoking hash oil due to the number resembling the word ‘oil’ when placed upside-down.



To draw or take in, roots absorb water and nutrients.

Acapulco Gold

A strain of Cannabis Sativa that was popular during the 1960's counterculture movement for its potency and unique color.

Accepted Engineering Practices

Stems from the selection and application of appropriate engineering, operating, and maintenance knowledge when designing, operating, and maintaining chemical facilities with the purpose of ensuring safety and preventing process safety incidents.


  • Wiring Methods: Capable of being removed or exposed without damaging the building structure or finish, or not permanently closed in by the structure or finish of the building.
  •  Equipment: Admitting close approach; not guarded by locked doors, elevation, or other effective means.


Equipment, products, devices, or materials of any kind that are intended or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing cannabis into the human body.


Third-party attestation related to a conformity assessment body conveying formal demonstration of its competence to carry out specific conformity assessment tasks. These tasks include sampling and testing, inspection, certification, and registration.


A sour substance, an acid or sour soil has a low pH.

Act of Violence

An act of violence is the attempt (coupled with the ability), or actual use of force of violence with the intent to threaten, harass, intimidate, commit a violent injury, or damage/destroy property.


A hydroponic system that actively moves the nutrient solution.

Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API)

Any component that is intended to furnish pharmacological activity or other direct effect in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, or to affect the structure of any function of the body of man or animals. The term includes those components that may undergo chemical change in the manufacture of drug product and be present in the drug product in a modified form intended to furnish the specified activity or effect.

Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) Starting Material

A raw material, intermediate, or Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) that is used in the production of the API. An API starting material can be an article of commerce, materials purchased from one of more suppliers under contract of commercial agreements or produced in-house.

Adjunct Therapy

A therapeutic maneuver ancillary to the care needed short term to stabilize a patient but which reduces the morbidity and mortality long term.

Adjusted Suspension Scaffold

A suspension scaffold equipped with a hoist that can be operated by an employee on the scaffold. A single-point adjustable scaffold consists of a platform suspended by one rope from an overhead support and equipped with means to permit the movement of the platform to desired work levels. The most common among these is the scaffold used by window washers to clean the outside of a skyscraper (also known as a boatswain’s chair).

Administrative Controls

Policies, operating procedures, training programs, safe work practices, maintenance campaigns and other actions taken to prevent or mitigate workplace hazards.


Heavy clay soil that drains slowly - adobe is not suitable for container growing.


Adult-use describes the recreational use of cannabis. This means consumers over a certain age can legally use cannabis. Each legal market has unique rules around adult-use, including the legal age, purchase limits, and dispensary requirements, but all adult-use markets allow the sale of cannabis with a valid Identification (ID). The opposite of adult-use is medical, where consumers must have a medical card to acquire cannabis products.

Adventitious Roots

Roots that grow from unusual spots, as on the (stem) pericycle or endodermis of an older root - auxins may influence this type of growth.

Adverse Event (AE)

The development of an undesirable medical condition or the deterioration of a pre-existing medical condition following or during exposure to a cannabis product, whether causally related to the product.


Also called aerification, it is the process by which air is circulated through, mixed with or dissolved in a liquid or substance. Also, it is essential to supply soil and roots with air or oxygen.


Growing cannabis plants by misting roots suspended in air.

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