mar·​i·​jua·​na | \ ˌmer-ə-ˈwä-nə How to pronounce marijuana (audio) , ˌma-rə- also -ˈhwä-\
variants: or less commonly marihuana

Definition of marijuana

1 : the psychoactive dried resinous flower buds and leaves of the female hemp or cannabis plant (Cannabis sativa or C. indica) that contain high levels of THC and are smoked, vaped, or ingested (as in baked goods) especially for their intoxicating effect : cannabis

Note: Several substances (as cannabidiol) lacking psychoactive properties are extracted from the flower buds of marijuana and are used medicinally.

— compare bhang, hashish — see also medical marijuana

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The popularity of marijuana’s non-psychoactive agent CBD has infused therapeutic and cosmetic markets and has also been approved as a treatment for pain relief, anxiety, and childhood epilepsy. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Use Yeast to Produce Cannabinoids Affordably and Efficiently," 1 Mar. 2019 The review was prompted, sources told the paper, because of recent behavior by Musk, including smoking marijuana on a podcast. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA concerned about culture of “inappropriateness” at SpaceX," 20 Nov. 2018 The bill, as written by supporters, would legalize the possession, sale, and use of marijuana for all North Dakota residents who are age 21 and older. Christopher Ingraham,, "In North Dakota, supporters of legalizing marijuana push for vote," 12 July 2018 Fanny Lorenzo, a legal resident of the United States, committed a crime 20 years ago, admitting to her role in her husband’s marijuana growing operation and cooperating with prosecutors. Dan Sweeney,, "Deport immigrants who commit crimes, readers say, regardless of legal status or how old the crime is," 10 July 2018 Gill, also a licensed medical marijuana caregiver in the state of Maine, claims Roscoe was much calmer and less aggressive for the subsequent three weeks, and didn’t try to attack the other lobsters in his tank even though his claws were unbound. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Maine restaurant to get lobsters high off marijuana smoke before killing them: 'It is more humane'," 18 Sep. 2018 Like a recent successful medical marijuana measure in Oklahoma, the effort in North Dakota has largely flown under the radar, with no financial backing from national drug policy groups. Christopher Ingraham,, "In North Dakota, supporters of legalizing marijuana push for vote," 12 July 2018 But despite taking on the NCAA, Morgan is well-known in Florida for taking on a different cause — expanding the use of medical marijuana. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "John Morgan took on medical marijuana in Florida, now he's after NCAA," 11 July 2018 Two big public health trends are colliding as Pennsylvania researchers hope to find out whether medical marijuana could help treat opioid addiction after becoming the first state to approve the treatment. Aubrey Nagle,, "Why Philly feels squeezed by U.S. economy, Philly Latinos face Trump's America | Morning Newsletter," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of marijuana

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for marijuana

Mexican Spanish mariguana, marihuana

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English Language Learners Definition of marijuana

: the dried leaves and flowers of the hemp plant that are smoked as a drug


mar·​i·​jua·​na | \ ˌmer-ə-ˈwä-nə How to pronounce marijuana (audio) \

Kids Definition of marijuana

: dried leaves and flowers of the hemp plant smoked as a drug


variants: also marihuana \ ˌmar-​ə-​ˈwän-​ə also -​ˈhwän-​ \

Medical Definition of marijuana

2 : the dried leaves and flowering tops of the pistillate hemp plant that yield THC and are typically smoked for their intoxicating effect — compare bhang, cannabis, hashish

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