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 Marie Montmarquet and Allen Hackett are siblings and cannabis entrepreneurs in arms. Jackie Bryant, Forbes, "This Brother-Sister Duo Relocated from Tennessee To California To Live Their Cannabis Business Dreams," 27 Feb. 2021 Bowser’s bill, dubbed the Safe Cannabis Sales Act of 2021, would require automatic expungement of records for certain cannabis convictions and direct sales tax revenue toward certain wards and programs to help disadvantaged residents. Washington Post, "Bowser offers marijuana sales bill as Democratic control of Congress boosts hopes," 26 Feb. 2021 There would also be $1,000 fines for businesses who sell cannabis to minors. Russell Blair, courant.com, "8 things to know about Connecticut’s latest attempt to legalize recreational marijuana," 26 Feb. 2021 In return, the business is asking recipients to contact their council member and demand equitable cannabis legislation. Carolyn Barber, Fortune, "Free food? Free weed? Cash? What would it take for you to get the COVID vaccine?," 25 Feb. 2021 Colorado was the first U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana, and Denver is now dotted with hundreds of cannabis dispensaries. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, "Denver Travel Guide," 25 Feb. 2021 Patients would receive a cannabis card and be registered. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "Speaker McCutcheon says House will take its time with medical marijuana bill," 25 Feb. 2021 Exact dollar amounts, and the market for recreational cannabis, are unpredictable, according to the analysis. Catherine Scott, baltimoresun.com, "Marijuana legalization proposed in Maryland legislature," 24 Feb. 2021 Customs officers seized the truck, trailer and cannabis and turned over the driver to immigration agents, officials said. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "CBP agents in Otay find 12K pounds of cannabis — a $27M value — mixed with papaya shipment," 23 Feb. 2021

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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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2 Mar 2021

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“Cannabis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cannabis. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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