One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A tall plant with a stiff upright stem, divided serrated leaves, and glandular hairs. It is used to produce hemp fibre and as a drug.
"Cannabis sativa", family "Cannabaceae" (or "Cannabidaceae"): two subspecies (sometimes considered two species), "C. s. sativa", which is chiefly used for hemp, and "C. s. indica", from which the drug is usually obtained
- ‘The leaves, stalks and seeds of the cannabis plant look like greeny-brown tobacco.’
- ‘They believe the factory had grown at least one full crop of cannabis plants.’
- ‘The drug dealers used the switches on heated lamps to grow their cannabis.’
- ‘When officers went to arrest her they found she was growing cannabis plants.’
- ‘The plant, cannabis sativa, is native to Asia, but is now widely cultivated in Europe.’
- 1.1 A dried preparation of the flowering tops or other parts of the cannabis plant, or a resinous extract of it (cannabis resin), smoked or consumed, generally illegally, as a psychoactive (mind-altering) drug.
marijuana, hashish, bhang, hemp, kef, kif, charas, ganja, sinsemillaView synonyms
- ‘They found drugs, including cocaine and cannabis resin, together with drugs equipment.’
- ‘Heroin and cannabis resin with an estimated street value of £120,000 was seized by the Garda National Drugs Unit as part of Operation Jumbo.’
- ‘The St Peter's School pupils were found out when one, a 15-year-old girl, was discovered with a cigarette lighter, cigarette papers and cannabis resin.’
- ‘When he was arrested in a cul-de-sac police found 12 kilos of cannabis in his van.’
- ‘Thus published data do not support the characterisation of cannabis as a risk factor for mortality.’
- ‘They seized some cannabis bush and cannabis resin from a caravan in the back garden and the couple were arrested, but a thorough search of the house revealed no further drugs.’
- ‘On searching the defendant's bedroom he found a container with enough cannabis resin to make 35 cigarettes.’
- ‘He added that more information about the health risks of using cannabis also needed to be made available.’
- ‘Dr Martin forward a private members' bill to decriminalize cannabis in some circumstances.’
- ‘The Liberal Democrats cower behind a feeble pledge to establish a Royal Commission on cannabis.’
- ‘So that is a fairly large population of people out there who are using cannabis.’
- ‘Increasing numbers of teenagers are using cannabis, according to a recent health survey.’
- ‘Why then would the Government ignore all of this and refuse to review the status of cannabis?’
- ‘Attitudes towards cannabis among the police, many politicians and the public are changing.’
- ‘Should more research be done into the use of cannabis to treat arthritis?’
- ‘Police issued a warrant to search the youngster's home where a small quantity of cannabis was found.’
- ‘Last March, cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis resin were found at Rear Cross on the Tipperary border, and at Hyde Road in Limerick.’
- ‘However, they are brought into contact with criminals every time they purchase cannabis.’
- ‘The Government will not make any moves to legalise cannabis in this term of Parliament.’
- ‘Moreover, as the judge rightly said, there was no evidential basis upon which he could conclude that these transactions might have related to Class A drugs and not cannabis resin.’
From Latin, from Greek kannabis.
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