the hemp plant, esp Indian hemp (Cannabis indica) See hemp
the drug obtained from the dried leaves and flowers of the hemp plant, which is smoked or chewed for its psychoactive properties. It produces euphoria and relaxation; repeated use may lead to psychological dependence See also cannabin, hashish, marijuana, bhang
1798, from Cannabis, Mod.L. plant genus named (1728), from Gk. kannabis "hemp," a Scythian or Thracian word. Also source of Rus. konoplja, Pers. kanab, Lith. kanapes "hemp," and English canvas and possibly hemp. In reference to an intoxicating preparation, from 1848.