nonpsychoactive

adjective

non·​psy·​cho·​ac·​tive ˌnän-ˌsī-kō-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce nonpsychoactive (audio)
variants or non-psychoactive
: not psychoactive : not producing an effect (such as changes in perception or behavior) on the mind or mental processes
… a nonpsychoactive extract of marijuana that advocates say can prevent seizures.Kira Peikoff
… we prepared a non-psychoactive substance from cannabis, which showed a marked ocular hypotensive effect.M. E. West

Examples of nonpsychoactive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Any drug screening method should not test for the presence of nonpsychoactive cannabis metabolites unless required by federal or state law or regulations. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Dec. 2023 This nonpsychoactive component of cannabis is said to have certain medicinal properties. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 2 Nov. 2023 This technology makes significant strides in cannabinoid detection with its capabilities to separate readings for THC, a psychoactive cannabinoid, and CBD, a nonpsychoactive cannabinoid. Andrew Ward, Rolling Stone, 27 Sep. 2023 After the use of cannabis, the chemical compound that can cause psychoactive effects, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, becomes a nonpsychoactive cannabis metabolite, which can remain in the system for weeks. Grace Tooheystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Sep. 2022 Red White and Bloom has been growing relatively nonpsychoactive CBD and hemp flower at its Granville greenhouse for more than a year. Robert McCoppin, chicagotribune.com, 17 Dec. 2020 The 2018 Farm Bill made industrial hemp—and therefore CBD, a nonpsychoactive cannabinoid found in hemp—legal across the U.S. Outside Online, 28 Feb. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonpsychoactive was in 1972

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“Nonpsychoactive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nonpsychoactive. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

nonpsychoactive

adjective
non·​psy·​cho·​ac·​tive ˌnän-ˌsī-kō-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce nonpsychoactive (audio)
variants or non-psychoactive
: not psychoactive : not producing an effect (as changes in perception or behavior) on the mind or mental processes
… a nonpsychoactive extract of marijuana that advocates say can prevent seizures.Kira Peikoff
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