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.

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420

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.

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710

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.

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Absorb

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.

Accreditation

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.

Acid

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


Active

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.


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