Definition of cannabis in English:

cannabis

noun

mass noun
  • 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: two subspecies (sometimes considered two species) from which the drug is obtained, C. s. sativa (also used for hemp fibre) and C. s. indica

    Also called hemp, marijuana
    • ‘The leaves, stalks and seeds of the cannabis plant look like greeny-brown tobacco.’
    • ‘The drug dealers used the switches on heated lamps to grow their cannabis.’
    • ‘They believe the factory had grown at least one full crop of cannabis plants.’
    • ‘The plant, cannabis sativa, is native to Asia, but is now widely cultivated in Europe.’
    • ‘When officers went to arrest her they found she was growing cannabis plants.’
    1. 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.
      • ‘They found drugs, including cocaine and cannabis resin, together with drugs equipment.’
      • ‘Thus published data do not support the characterisation of cannabis as a risk factor for mortality.’
      • ‘Dr Martin forward a private members' bill to decriminalize cannabis in some circumstances.’
      • ‘Increasing numbers of teenagers are using cannabis, according to a recent health survey.’
      • ‘He added that more information about the health risks of using cannabis also needed to be made available.’
      • ‘Should more research be done into the use of cannabis to treat arthritis?’
      • ‘Attitudes towards cannabis among the police, many politicians and the public are changing.’
      • ‘The Liberal Democrats cower behind a feeble pledge to establish a Royal Commission on cannabis.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When he was arrested in a cul-de-sac police found 12 kilos of cannabis in his van.’
      • ‘So that is a fairly large population of people out there who are using cannabis.’
      • ‘However, they are brought into contact with criminals every time they purchase cannabis.’
      • ‘Last March, cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis resin were found at Rear Cross on the Tipperary border, and at Hyde Road in Limerick.’
      • ‘Why then would the Government ignore all of this and refuse to review the status of cannabis?’
      • ‘The Government will not make any moves to legalise cannabis in this term of Parliament.’
      • ‘On searching the defendant's bedroom he found a container with enough cannabis resin to make 35 cigarettes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Police issued a warrant to search the youngster's home where a small quantity of cannabis was found.’
      marijuana, hashish, bhang, hemp, kef, kif, charas, ganja, sinsemilla
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Origin

From Latin, from Greek kannabis.

Pronunciation

cannabis

/ˈkanəbɪs/