Cannabis, commonly called marijuana, pot or weed, is a product made from the cannabis or hemp plant.
The leaves and flowers of this plant are often used for recreational purposes. More research is still needed to understand if it’s actually helpful for medical purposes.
There are two main ingredients that cause the effects of cannabis:
Different types of cannabis plants will contain different amounts of each chemical. Some will have more THC, some more CBD, and some will have a mix of both. As well, cannabis comes in many forms!
Cannabis can be used in a variety of ways, and how you use it will change the effect and how long it lasts. However, the chemicals in cannabis will affect how you behave, think, and feel.
Some effects of cannabis include:
No matter how you use it, cannabis use poses risks to your health. The only way to completely avoid risk is by choosing not to use cannabis. If you decide to use it, follow these recommendations to lower the risks to your health.
While some people can use cannabis safely and for fun, there are always risks when using cannabis.
Here are some examples of what too much cannabis use can look like:
Saying “yes” to 2 or more of these may be a sign of a Substance Use Disorder. This is another name for addiction.
Part of why youth must be careful with cannabis use is because, compared to alcohol and smoking, cannabis use has the fastest rate of transition to addiction in youth.
Youth are particularly vulnerable to these negative effects because of all the changes your brain goes through while growing up. Starting to get high at a young age gets in the way of the development of brain systems, like memory, coordination, pain, mood, pleasure, and motivation. Knowing this, it’s important to stay up to date on evidence-based research on the effects of cannabis use during adolescence.
Be sure to share good information with your friends to prevent the spread of untrue marijuana myths!
Substance Abuse in Canada: The Effects of Cannabis Use during Adolescence (Report), Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines, CAMH
A Guide to Cannabis for Older Adults (ccsa.ca)
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