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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Q-Tip Tech

The process of cleaning your nail or banger with a q-tip after every use to maintain the freshness of the nail. Q-tipping should be conducted immediately after a dab is taken, while the nail is still hot.


The action of proving and documenting that any equipment or ancillary systems are professionally installed, work correctly, and leads to the expected results. Qualification is part of validation however the individual qualification steps alone do not constitute process validations.


Established specifications for identity, purity, strength, composition, packaging, labeling, manufacturing, and storage. Quality can also be represented by how much time and energy is being used to accomplish tasks, or how many requirements are met.

Quality Assurance (QA)

The part of quality management focused on providing confidence that quality requirements will be fulfilled. Quality Assurance (or QA) is designed to prevent mistakes and defects in manufactured products and avoid problems when delivering products and services.

Quality Control (QC)

Quality Control (or QC) is the part of Good Manufacturing Practice (or GMP) that is concerned with sampling, specifications, and testing. The activity or measuring product and process parameters for comparison with specific standards to assure they are within predetermined limits and therefore, the product is acceptable for use.

Quality Control Personnel

A person, persons, or group, within or outside of a manufacturing, packaging, labeling, or holding operation, designated to be responsible for the operation’s quality control operations.

Quality Control Sample

A spiked sample used to monitor the performance of a bioanalytical method to assess the integrity and validity of the results of the unknown samples analyzed in an individual batch.

Quality Management

This refers to any activity that is being performed by an organization to maintain and improve quality. This can include the adoption of quality policies, quality assurance, quality planning, and more.

Quality Management System (QMS)

A Quality Management System (or QMS) is an organization's system that implements policies and objectives into processes to help improve quality. This includes all business and operational processes and systems implemented, including structures, policies, procedures, processes, systems, controls, records, and resources needed to ensure quality products and services.

Quality Objective

The plan established to ensure that quality results are achieved properly.

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