Definition of Cannabis

1. Noun. Any plant of the genus Cannabis; a coarse bushy annual with palmate leaves and clusters of small green flowers; yields tough fibers and narcotic drugs.

Exact synonyms: Hemp
Terms within: Ganja, Marihuana, Marijuana
Group relationships: Genus Cannabis
Specialized synonyms: Cannabis Sativa, Ganja, Marihuana, Marijuana, Cannabis Indica, Indian Hemp
Generic synonyms: Bush, Shrub

2. 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.
Exact synonyms: Ganja, Marihuana, Marijuana
Specialized synonyms: Acapulco Gold, Mexican Green, Dope, Gage, Grass, Green Goddess, Locoweed, Mary Jane, Pot, Sens, Sess, Skunk, Smoke, Weed
Generic synonyms: Controlled Substance, Soft Drug
Substance meronyms: Joint, Marijuana Cigarette, Reefer, Spliff, Stick
Group relationships: Hemp

Definition of Cannabis

1. n. A genus of a single species belonging to the order Uricaceæ; hemp.

Definition of Cannabis

1. Noun. A tall annual dioecious plant (''Cannabis, especially ''Cannabis sativa''), native to central Asia and having alternate, palmately divided leaves and tough bast fibers. ¹

2. Noun. A mildly euphoriant, intoxicating hallucinogenic drug prepared from various parts of this plant. ¹

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Definition of Cannabis

1. hemp [n -BISES] - See also: hemp

Medical Definition of Cannabis

1. The hemp plant cannabis sativa. Hallucinogenic products prepared from the dried flowering tops of the plant include marijuana, hashish, bhang, and ganja. (12 Dec 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cannabis

canna lily
cannabidiolic acid synthase
cannabinoid receptor
cannabis (current term)
cannabis resin
canned food
canned foods
canned goods

Literary usage of Cannabis

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1. A Manual of Pharmacology and Its Applications to Therapeutics and Toxicology by Torald Hermann Sollmann (1922)
"cannabis The tops of the hemp plant are somewhat of a pharmacologie curiosity. ... cannabis smoking is becoming prevalent in Mexico and is said to ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1908)
"(2) cannabis sativa, when grown in various localities of the United States and Mexico, is found to be fully as active as the best imported cannabis sativa, ..."

3. A Manual of the Medical Botany of North America by Laurence Johnson (1884)
"The constituents of American cannabis do not differ from those of Indian ... The active properties of cannabis appear to reside chiefly in a resin which has ..."

4. A Textbook of pharmacology and therapeutics, or, the Action of drugs in by Arthur Robertson Cushny (1906)
"V. cannabis INDICA. The hemp plant possesses no pharmacological interest when ... The old name of cannabis Indica has, however, been retained in medicine. ..."

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