Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The cannabis plant.
  • noun The dried flower clusters and leaves of this plant, smoked or ingested as an illicit drug to induce euphoria. In certain jurisdictions, its use is permitted for its presumed benefits in treating symptoms associated primarily with cancer and AIDS, such as nausea and loss of appetite.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A strong-smelling Asian plant (Cannabis sativa), also called hemp, from which a number of euphorogenic and halucinogenic drugs are prepared. The euphoric effect is predominently due to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
  • noun The dried leaves or the female flowers of the hemp plant, which is smoked or chewed to obtain a euphoric effect. The flowers usually have a higher concentration of the active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Drug smoked or ingested for euphoric effect, Cannabis (drug).
  • noun The hemp plant itself, Cannabis sativa.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a strong-smelling plant from whose dried leaves a number of euphoriant and hallucinogenic drugs are prepared
  • noun the most commonly used illicit drug; considered a soft drug, it consists of the dried leaves of the hemp plant; smoked or chewed for euphoric effect

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Spanish marihuana.]

Examples

  • The THC in marijuana is believed to change a psychoactive compound in the liver, which may be the cause of the psychological and subjective effects.

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  • He also reproached the legislature and the Bureau for using the term marijuana in the legislation and not publicizing it as a bill about cannabis or hemp.

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  • For millions of Americans, the word "marijuana" is hard-wired to the part of their brain that divides the human population into those who went to Woodstock and those who went to Viet Nam.

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  • Police have arrested a 26 year old woman after discovering what they described as a marijuana growing operation at a Lupton Drive house.

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  • When police stopped her, the woman provided the officers with a mason jar containing a small bag of what she identified as marijuana, police reported.

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  • She’d only have to hear the word marijuana and be on the phone to We Tip.

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  • She’d only have to hear the word marijuana and be on the phone to We Tip.

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  • Given this, it must follow that the commercial-speech line of cases simply does not apply to speech about sex, however commercially done in any particular instance, just as because marijuana is “inherently” commercial, commercial jurisprudence always applies to marijuana however non-commercial a role it may have in any particular instance.

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  • The spelling with -j- is apparently a folk etymology (or eggcorn or other such alteration) in English after Spanish female names; the original Mexican Spanish was marihuana, mariguana of uncertain origin.

    June 1, 2009

  • where's that fictional animal list mariguana belongs to?

    June 1, 2009