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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Lab Management System (LMS)

Business, operational, quality and data processes and systems that ensure the lab operates according to policies and procedures.


Written, printed or graphic information on or accompanying any article or any of its packaging, containers, or wrappers.


A person, group of persons, non-profit entity, or business entity that affixes information onto a package or product.


To affix information on packaged products.

Labeling Operation

A facility where labeling occurs.


A landrace refers to a local variety of cannabis that has adapted to the environment of its geographic location. This accounts for genetic variation between landrace strains, which have been crossbred to produce the cannabis variety we see today. Landrace strains are oftentimes named after their native region, like Afghani, Thai, and Hawaiian, and traces of landraces are sometimes detectable in the names of their crossbred descendants.


To dissolve or wash out soluble components of soil by heavy watering.


A plant that is abnormally tall, with few leaves - usually caused by lack of light.

Licensed Facility

Refers to a cannabis business that is fully licensed and compliant in its jurisdiction of operation.

Life Cycle

A series of growth stages through which cannabis must pass in its natural lifetime - the stages are a seed, seedling, vegetative, and flowering.

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