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marijuana

Marijuana is a commonly used illegal drug made from dried leaves of the hemp plant. Smoking marijuana creates a high.

Marijuana is a drug that is mostly smoked — in a joint, a bowl, a bong, or other device — but sometimes it can be eaten. Marijuana is illegal, but it is considered a "soft drug" — as opposed to hard drugs like heroin or cocaine, which are killers. People call marijuana "pot" and "weed" and a hundred other slang terms. There's also medical marijuana, which sick people, especially cancer patients, can get to relieve their pain.

Definitions of marijuana
  1. noun
    a strong-smelling plant from whose dried leaves a number of euphoriant and hallucinogenic drugs are prepared
    synonyms: Cannabis sativa, ganja, marihuana
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    type of:
    cannabis, hemp
    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
  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
    synonyms: cannabis, ganja, marihuana
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    types:
    Acapulco gold, Mexican green
    a particularly potent variety of marijuana
    type of:
    controlled substance
    a drug or chemical substance whose possession and use are controlled by law
    soft drug
    a drug of abuse that is considered relatively mild and not likely to cause addiction
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