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

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Cannabis is a psychoactive drug and different people react differently to it. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "How Does Cannabis Actually Affect Sex?," 25 Mar. 2019 Meanwhile, 10 states and Washington, DC, have legalized the psychoactive form of cannabis for recreational purposes, while 32 states have for medical uses. German Lopez, Vox, "Congress just voted to legalize hemp," 12 Dec. 2018 The statement came after reports the beverage giant was in talks with a Canadian cannabis company to create a health drink infused with cannabidiol, a naturally occurring non-psychoactive compound derived from the cannabis plant. Gillian Flaccus, The Seattle Times, "Coca-Cannabis? Coke analyzing cannabis in wellness drinks," 17 Sep. 2018 Also not helpful, according to Tishler, are various stoner folk remedies, which include taking CBD (a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis) and chewing peppercorns. Dan Adams, BostonGlobe.com, "21 questions answered about legal marijuana in Massachusetts," 21 June 2018 Lams says), where a hydrocarbon solvent like butane is used to separate the plant's cannabinoids, which lend weed its psychoactive properties, and terpenes, which produce a strain's characteristic flavors and smells. Robbie Gonzalez, WIRED, "Shatter, Batter, Wax: How Cannabis Extracts Come to Be," 22 Mar. 2018 On Thursday, President Trump signed into law the farm bill, which contained a provision legalizing hemp, a species of cannabis that CBD can be extracted from but that isn’t psychoactive. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Hemp is now legal. That’s huge for the CBD industry.," 20 Dec. 2018 This is a compound that does not have psychoactive properties. Teresa Graedon, The Seattle Times, "CBD oil keeps long-distance runner going," 25 Oct. 2018 Victoria Bee/Getty Images CBD, the non-psychoactive cannabinoid of marijuana, has become a popular ingredient lately. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Hemp is now legal. That’s huge for the CBD industry.," 20 Dec. 2018

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1959, in the meaning defined above

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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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