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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One or all of the primary nutrients N-P-K (Nitrogen, Phosphorus, or Potassium) or the secondary nutrients magnesium (Mg) and calcium (Ca).


The combination of all technical, administrative, and managerial actions intended to retain it in or restore it to a state in which it can reliably perform a required function. Maintenance can be planned or unplanned.

Management System

A management system is a process that organizations use to help set up and organize policies, objectives, and more. Management systems can be designed to control a variety of different conditions, including environmental, financial, quality, food safety, and occupational safety and health.


Trim leaves and large stems from buds with scissors or fine pruners so the most Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) potent portion remains.


To compound, blend, grind, extract, or otherwise make or prepare cannabis or cannabis products. This includes all operations of purchasing of materials and products, production, quality control, release, storage, and distribution of cannabis products and the related controls.


A person, group of persons, non-profit entity, or business entity that holds a manufacturing license authorization to produce cannabis products.

Manufacturing Operation

A facility where cannabis products are made.


Marijuana, or marihuana, is a name for the cannabis plant and more specifically a drug preparation from it. 'Marijuana' as a term varies in usage, definition and legal application around the world. Some jurisdictions define 'marijuana' as the whole cannabis plant or any part of it, while others refer to 'marijuana' as a portion of the cannabis plant that contains high levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC). Some jurisdictions recognize 'marijuana' as a distinctive strain of cannabis, the other being hemp. The form 'marihuana' is first attested in Mexican Spanish; it then spread to other varieties of Spanish and to English, French, and other languages.

Market Acceptance

Includes the private sector standards and conformity assessment measures that retailers and consumers expect products to meet to be placed in a market. These measures sometimes differ from and exceed the applicable market access requirements.

Market Access

Includes governmental technical regulations and the conformity assessment measures that the government requires to demonstrate compliance with these technical regulations.

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