psychoactive

adjective

psy·​cho·​ac·​tive ˌsī-kō-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce psychoactive (audio)
: affecting the mind or behavior
psychoactive drugs

Examples of psychoactive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Feminized seeds are produced in a process that causes nearly all plants to be feminine, which are prized for the resinous flowers potent with THC, the primary psychoactive compound in marijuana. A.j. Herrington, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Public perception of psychological operations soured in a big way in the mid-1970s, when details of the CIA’s MK-ULTRA program were first released, detailing a plot—more based in science fiction than science—to brainwash subjects using psychoactive drugs. Justin Ling, WIRED, 1 Feb. 2024 Saved Stories One of my chronically depressed patients recently found a psychoactive drug that works for him after decades of searching. Richard A. Friedman, The Atlantic, 8 Nov. 2023 The problem was the other non psychoactive component (CBD). Andrew Ward, Rolling Stone, 27 Sep. 2023 Delta 8 is known for its mild psychoactive effects. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 7 Sep. 2023 Beyond 5-MeO-DMT, interest in other psychedelic retreats has also increased, especially ayahuasca, which harbors DMT, a hallucinogenic known for its powerful psychoactive effect. Michaela Trimble, Vogue, 22 Jan. 2024 In 2019, Denver became the first U.S. city to decriminalize the use of psilocybin, the psychoactive compound in hallucinogenic mushrooms, and in 2020 Oregon became the first state to legalize it for use in therapy. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 22 Jan. 2024 The Stanley brothers had provided Figi with CBD extracted from a strain of cannabis that was high in CBD and low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive compound that produces a high. Christine Ricciardi, Hartford Courant, 14 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of psychoactive was in 1959

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“Psychoactive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psychoactive. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

psychoactive

adjective
psy·​cho·​ac·​tive ˌsī-kō-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce psychoactive (audio)
: affecting the mind or behavior
psychoactive drugs

Medical Definition

psychoactive

adjective
psy·​cho·​ac·​tive ˌsī-kō-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce psychoactive (audio)
: affecting the mind or behavior
psychoactive drugs
THC is the principal psychoactive ingredient in marijuana
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