psychoactive

adjective
psy·​cho·​ac·​tive | \ ˌsī-kō-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce psychoactive (audio) \

Definition of psychoactive

: affecting the mind or behavior psychoactive drugs

Examples of psychoactive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the time of driving experience, the marijuana group had not used for at least 12 hours, and based on urine tests were not intoxicated on THC, the main psychoactive compound in recreational marijuana. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Weed impairs driving skills long after the high is gone," 14 Jan. 2020 Couch, now 22, tested positive for THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana, court documents show. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "‘Affluenza teen’ Ethan Couch back in jail after authorities say he failed drug test," 2 Jan. 2020 Studies have also shown that products containing THC — the principal psychoactive compound in marijuana — or other cannabis oils, such as cannabidiol or CBD, may play a role in the outbreak. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Mayo Clinic study suggests 'toxic chemical fumes' may be to blame for vaping lung illnesses," 3 Oct. 2019 The herbal supplement is a psychoactive drug derived from the leaves of the kratom plant and it's been reported that people are using the supplement to get high and some states are banning the supplement. Nadia Kounang, CNN, "Calls to Poison Control for psychoactive drug exposure on the rise," 26 Nov. 2019 The vast majority reporting using illicit products containing THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana, according to a report released Friday. Laurie Mcginley, The Denver Post, "Most vaping-related lung injuries linked to marijuana products, CDC says," 27 Sep. 2019 The vast majority reported using illicit products containing THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana. Author: Lena H. Sun, Laurie Mcginley, Anchorage Daily News, "Most vaping-related lung injuries linked to marijuana products, CDC says," 27 Sep. 2019 Researchers also think that stressful events like a death in the family, along with the use of psychoactive drugs like LSD, may trigger the development of the disorder in people who may already be genetically predisposed, per NAMI. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Mental Health Experts Want You to Know About Schizoaffective Disorder," 19 Sep. 2019 This new study compared the stories of 625 individuals who reported NDEs with the stories of more than 15,000 individuals who had taken one of 165 different psychoactive drugs. Robert Martone, Scientific American, "New Clues Found in Understanding Near-Death Experiences," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of psychoactive

1959, in the meaning defined above

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“Psychoactive.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psychoactive. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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psychoactive

adjective
psy·​cho·​ac·​tive | \ ˌsī-kō-ˈak-tiv How to pronounce psychoactive (audio) \

Medical Definition of psychoactive

: affecting the mind or behavior psychoactive drugs THC is the principal psychoactive ingredient in marijuana

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