cannabis

noun
can·​na·​bis | \ ˈka-nə-bəs How to pronounce cannabis (audio) \

Definition of cannabis

1 : a tall Asian herb (Cannabis sativa of the family Cannabaceae, the hemp family) that has a tough fiber and is often separated into a tall loosely branched species (C. sativa) and a low-growing densely branched species (C. indica) : hemp sense 1a used especially for cultivated varieties having high levels of THC
2a : the psychoactive dried flower buds, leaves, or preparations (such as hashish) or chemicals (such as THC) that are derived from the cannabis plant especially : marijuana

Examples of cannabis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Gentlemen stars Matthews McConaughey as an American expat living in London who wants to sell off his cannabis empire. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box Office: 'Bad Boys for Life' Stays No. 1 With Big $34M, '1917' Marches to $16M," 26 Jan. 2020 For one, the 160-page bill says that smoking medical cannabis would not be permitted. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Is marijuana legal in Kentucky? No, but several bills could change that," 17 Jan. 2020 Companies have unleashed hundreds of CBD pet health products accompanied by glowing customer testimonials claiming the cannabis derivative produced calmer, quieter and pain-free dogs and cats. Time, "Want to Calm Your Anxious Pet With CBD? Some Products Are All Bark and No Bite: Study," 7 Jan. 2020 According to the report, those living in Illinois are able to have up to 30 grams of cannabis flower, 5 grams of concentrate, and 500 milligrams of THC. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Illinois Gov. Pardons More Than 11,000 Marijuana Convictions As State Begins Recreational Sales," 2 Jan. 2020 There’s not one demographic that buys or enjoys cannabis. John Wenzel, The Know, "Starting Jan. 1, Coloradans will have more options for consuming cannabis in public. But will we catch up to California?," 27 Dec. 2019 As a result, financial institutions are prohibited from providing banking services — checking accounts, access to credit, use of credit and debit cards — to legitimate and licensed cannabis businesses permitted by state law. Stephen Singer, courant.com, "Legal in Connecticut, illegal under federal law: Marijuana sellers struggle to do business without a bank," 15 Oct. 2019 Nama Issachar, who was arrested after police found nine grams of cannabis in her luggage while traveling in the Moscow airport. Paul Goldman, NBC News, "Russian hacker to be extradited to U.S. from Israel, high court rules," 10 Nov. 2019 The use of cannabis by pregnant women is on the rise. The Economist, "In rats, cannabis during pregnancy rewires the brains of offspring," 19 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of cannabis

1783, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cannabis

Latin, hemp, from Greek kannabis; akin to Old English hænep hemp

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The first known use of cannabis was in 1783

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4 Feb 2020

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“Cannabis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cannabis. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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cannabis

noun
can·​na·​bis | \ ˈkan-ə-bəs How to pronounce cannabis (audio) \

Medical Definition of cannabis

1 : a tall Asian herb (Cannabis sativa of the family Cannabaceae, the hemp family) that has a tough fiber and is often separated into a tall loosely branched species (C. sativa) and a low-growing densely branched species (C. indica) : hemp sense 1 used especially for cultivated varieties having high levels of THC
2 : the psychoactive dried flower buds, leaves, or preparations (as hashish) or chemicals (as THC) that are derived from the cannabis plant especially : marijuana

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