Cannabis

A Depressant Drug

What Is Marijuana?

The most common form of Marijuana is a dry, shredded green and brown mix of leaves, flowers, stems, and seeds from the plant Cannabis sativa.

Other forms of this drug


  • Hashish – more concentrated, resinous form, the dried plant resin that is usually mixed with tobacco and smoked or added to foods and baked; such as cookies and brownies.

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  • Hash oil – sticky black liquid, that is usually added to the tip of a cigarette and smoked
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  • Cannabis can also come in synthetic form, which may be more harmful than real cannabis.

  • Marijuana can be smoked in a joint or in a bong

Short Term Effects


  • Difficulty thinking and problem solving
· Problems with memory and learning
· Loss of coordination
· Increase in appetite
· Lightheaded or drowsy
· Dry mouth
· Blurred vision
· Bloodshot eyes
· Hallucination
· Increased heart rate
· Low blood pressure
· Mild anxiety and paranoia

Long Term Effects

-Rapid destruction of lung fibers and injuries to the brain could be permanent

-Reduced sexual capacity

-Reduced ability to learn and retain information

-Personality and mood changes

-Reduced resistance to common illnesses like colds, bronchitis, etc.

-Immune system slows down, which can make you more prone to diseases

-Growth disorders

-Increase of abnormally structured cells in the body

-Reduction of male sex hormones

Legal status

It is illegal to grow the cannabis plant, and for personal use in Canada, unless you need it for medicinal purposes.

Addiction Related Issues

In Mississauga

  • Cannabis is the most consumed drug within young people
  • As of March 2014, under Health Canada’s Marijuana for Medical Purpose Regulations, Canadians in need can legally and safely obtain medical marijuana. Mississauga has become the first city in Canada to license and regulate the production of medical marijuana.

In Canada

A poll conducted in 2015 by Forum Research showed that 68 per cent of Canadians are in favour of relaxing cannabis regulations. There is much debate going on on whether cannabis should be legalized for recreational purposes. Trudeau has a plan to regulate the sales of cannabis the same way as alcohol and cigarettes.

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Globally

  • Its is the most cultivated, abused, and trafficked drug.
  • Marijuana is mostly sold in western or developed countries, where people have the money and resources to buy it.`
  • According to the United Nations, 158.8 million people around the world use marijuana—more than 3.8% of the planet’s population.

How to get help

  • Treatment is often looked for because the long-term use of marijuana can lead to addiction, and people looking to quit have to deal with challenging withdrawal symptoms that can keep them from stopping their marijuana abuse.
  • A good way to start is by talking to a trusted adult, like a teacher, parent or doctor, who will be able to guide you in the right direction.
  • There are various websites and programs with more information, like free online anonymous counselling and even have detailed guides for parents who have children struggling with addiction.

Some websites include:

http://mcwell.nd.edu/your-well-being/physical-well-being/drugs/marijuana-or-cannabis-sativa/quitting-marijuana-a-30-day-self-help-guide/

http://www.wikihow.com/Stop-Smoking-Pot/Weed

http://www.smartrecovery.org/addiction/marijuana.htm