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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When the output meets the requirements, and inversely, nonconformity is when the output fails to meet one or more requirements.

Conformity Assessment

Any activity concerned with determining directly or indirectly that relevant requirements are fulfilled.

Conformity Assessment Procedures

Any procedure used, directly or indirectly, to determine that relevant requirements in technical regulations or standards are fulfilled (ex. testing, inspection, certification, accreditation, etc.).

Contact Surface

Any boundary region that directly touches cannabis, components, or cannabis-derived product, and any boundary region from which drainage onto cannabis, components, or cannabis-derived product, or onto other regions that touch cannabis, components, or cannabis-derived product, which may occur during the normal course of operations.

Contact Time

A predetermined time that a test microorganism is exposed to the activity of a test material.


Any biological or chemical agent, foreign matter, or other substances not intentionally added to products that may compromise product quality, safety, or suitability. Any material that potentially has adverse impacts on the functioning of, and/or shows an undesirable interaction. Contaminants include insects or insect parts, feathers, fingernails, cosmetics, jewelry, hair, feces, mold, decomposition or visible growth, visible adulterants, lubricants, glass shards from glassware or lighting, metal shavings from equipment, staples, plastic, wood splinters, stones, sand, and foreign plant parts.


The presence of any foreign substance in a product, be it physical (ex. foreign objects), chemical (ex. degradation of products) or microbial (ex. bacteria).

Continuous Improvement

All business activities that are driven towards the constant improvement and betterment of their systems and processes.

Continuous Monitoring

An ongoing sampling of environmental conditions throughout the period of operations, ensuring that the update of data constantly occurs.

Controlled Access Area

An area in the physical plant, dispensary, or location, designed to prevent entry by anyone except authorized personnel.

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