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Merriam-Webster Adds Definitions for CBD and Medical Marijuana

September 06, 2018

 “CBD” and “medical marijuana” have been officially added to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary site. Other recent additions are the millennial-friendly terms: hangry, tent city, bingeable, boujie and guac. The addition of the cannabis jargon to the dictionary site illustrates yet another example of the growth of cannabis in mainstream culture.

Here are the formal definitions:


a nonintoxicating cannabinoid found in cannabis and hemp cannabidiol

  • More than a dozen medical trials in the past decade have shown that treatments containing THC (and some that combine THC with another derivative called cannabidiol, or CBD) not only ease pain in MS patients but also alleviate other problems associated with the disease. —Nathan Seppa
  • Under Leni's Law, named for a child whose daily seizures are mitigated by CBDusage, CBD oils can't contain more than 3 percent THC "relative to CBD." For example if an oil has 10 mg ofCBD, it could have no more than 0.3 mg of THC. —Andrew J. Yawn


Medical Marijuana

marijuana that is available only by prescription and is used to treat a variety of medical conditions (such as pain, anxiety, nausea, and glaucoma)

  • In the 14 states that allow medical marijuana, middle-aged baby boomers talk quite freely about filling their prescriptions at the local dispensary (of which there are nearly 1,400 in California alone). —Eve Conant


 any of various substances (such as cannabidiol) extracted from marijuana and used similarly

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