psychoactive

adjective
psy·cho·ac·tive | \ˌsī-kō-ˈak-tiv \

Definition of psychoactive 

: affecting the mind or behavior psychoactive drugs

Examples of psychoactive in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

For some people with dementia, music therapy has been shown to enhance attention and cognition, to improve behavior while reducing the use of psychoactive drugs, and to reduce anxiety and depression. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Music can call back loved ones lost in Alzheimer's darkness: 'So much we can do to improve quality of life'," 11 June 2018 Its cousin, humulus lupulus (the hop plant), can exhibit similar traits – in aroma, but obviously not in psychoactive effects. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "How 'dank' became a compliment for both beer and marijuana," 20 Apr. 2018 For some people with dementia, music therapy has been shown to enhance attention and cognition, to improve behavior while reducing the use of psychoactive drugs, and to reduce anxiety and depression. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Music can call back loved ones lost in Alzheimer's darkness: 'So much we can do to improve quality of life'," 11 June 2018 Cartridges for vape pens and e-cigs containing THC, a psychoactive chemical found in cannabis, often come in fruity smells, offering an unprecedented level of discretion that even has kids using the drug at school, police warn. Thomas Leavy, CBS News, "New Jersey police warn parents about THC drug-laced vape pens," 1 June 2018 But smoking marijuana produces carcinogens—tar, carbon monoxide, ammonia—that vaping nicotine does not, and, as a drug, marijuana has a much more intense psychoactive effect than nicotine. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "The Promise of Vaping and the Rise of Juul," 7 May 2018 For some people with dementia, music therapy has been shown to enhance attention and cognition, to improve behavior while reducing the use of psychoactive drugs, and to reduce anxiety and depression. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Music can call back loved ones lost in Alzheimer's darkness: 'So much we can do to improve quality of life'," 11 June 2018 A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report said based on a state law passed in November, there will be a tight lid on the allowable level of THC — the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana — to barely traceable levels. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former Milwaukee Alderman McGee Jr. opens up pop-up hemp store at Mayfair Mall," 10 July 2018 For some people with dementia, music therapy has been shown to enhance attention and cognition, to improve behavior while reducing the use of psychoactive drugs, and to reduce anxiety and depression. Robert Mccoppin, courant.com, "Music Can Call Back Loved Ones Lost In Alzheimer's Darkness," 22 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'psychoactive.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of psychoactive

1959, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about psychoactive

Share psychoactive

Statistics for psychoactive

Last Updated

14 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for psychoactive

The first known use of psychoactive was in 1959

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for psychoactive

psychoactive

adjective
psy·cho·ac·tive | \ˌsī-kō-ˈak-tiv \

Medical Definition of psychoactive 

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

More from Merriam-Webster on psychoactive

See words that rhyme with psychoactive

Comments on psychoactive

What made you want to look up psychoactive? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to reject or criticize sharply

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!