marijuana

noun
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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That’s bad news for the many asset managers that have only recently looked to capitalize on investor enthusiasm for marijuana, as its use for medical and recreational purposes becomes increasingly mainstream. Kristine Owram, BostonGlobe.com, "Cannabis ETFs face a ‘day of reckoning’ that even 30 percent gains can’t avert," 9 July 2019 Just as the majority of the country has begun to embrace medical and recreational marijuana, though, the tide may be shifting for psilocybin-containing mushrooms. Catherine Ryan Gregory, Marie Claire, "The Trip of a Lifetime," 9 July 2019 Among some of her rules: Don't call it 'marijuana'. Elissa Robinson, Detroit Free Press, "Rules of Michigan marijuana — and manners for when you smoke it (Joint Venture newletter)," 9 July 2019 His working theory is that these dogs are eating human feces that have enough THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, in it to carry over for a second high. Carolyn Sackariason, The Denver Post, "Pot-laced human poop getting dogs high in Aspen," 8 July 2019 Texas’ new law provides a specific definition of marijuana, based on its percentage of THC, the compound that gets users high. USA TODAY, "Robot hostesses, veggie booze, ‘civil death’: News from around our 50 states," 4 July 2019 In total, 228 pounds of marijuana, 70 pounds of THC gummies, four firearms and $42,625 in cash was seized. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "K-9 'Evo' sniffs out 228 pounds of pot, 70 pounds of THC gummies during traffic stop on I-45," 3 July 2019 Charging records in one case allege that 21 members and associates of the Nuestra Familia conspired to sell methamphetamine and marijuana in prison, working with unidentified money launderers to funnel profits. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "California gang leaders’ prison cell phones reveal secrets that stayed in the dark for years," 3 July 2019 The terms of his probation will require him to speak to students about the dangers of firearms as well as marijuana, receive a chemical-dependency assessment and attend either school or a job for at least 40 hours a week. Sarah Horner, Twin Cities, "St. Paul man pleads guilty to accidentally fatally shooting cousin, tells judge he thought gun was empty," 3 July 2019

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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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The first known use of marijuana was in 1874

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marijuana

noun

English Language Learners Definition of marijuana

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

marijuana

noun
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

marijuana

noun
mar·​i·​jua·​na
variants: also marihuana \ ˌmar-​ə-​ˈwän-​ə also -​ˈhwän-​ \

Medical 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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