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 Cannabinoids are found in all forms of cannabis, including agricultural hemp. The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 Brian Michael Boynton, 32, of the 1300 block of Fowler Avenue, Evanston, was charged with possession adult use of cannabis in a motor vehicle in the 4000 block of Church Street on April 30. Chicago Tribune, 10 May 2022 Hard seltzers and a wide array of new products are catching consumers' eyes, non-alcoholic beverages are booming, and the ever-creeping reach of cannabis keeps growing. Hudson Lindenberger, Forbes, 3 May 2022 With all the community guidelines on many social media platforms banning even the mention of cannabis, there are some very unique ways both businesses and influencers are leveraging TikTok to get messaging out. Rolling Stone Culture Council, Rolling Stone, 3 May 2022 The average retail price for an ounce of cannabis at a recreational dispensary dropped to its lowest point in January at $153. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, 2 May 2022 In the final weeks of this year’s session, key lawmakers resisting the legalization of medical cannabis pushed for the research center as an alternative. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 The bride, 42, and the caterer, 31, were arrested this week and charged with violations of an anti-tampering law and delivery of cannabis, according to the Seminole County Sheriff’s Department and court records. NBC News, 22 Apr. 2022 Recreational sales of cannabis for adults 21 and older are scheduled to start Thursday, with the first alternative treatment centers opening at 6 a.m. in part of the state. CBS News, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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13 May 2022

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“Cannabis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cannabis. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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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