It’s the most widely-used illegal drug in Britain. Cannabis is naturally occurring - it is made from the cannabis plant. There are many myths about cannabis - that it’s safe because it’s natural, that using cannabis will completely ruin your life, your health and your future or that using cannabis will lead you into using other, more dangerous drugs. What is true is that cannabis can have some very real, harmful effects on your mind and body, as well as creating longer-term problems.
What are the effects?
Taking cannabis can make people feel relaxed
and happy, and they may get the giggles or
become very talkative.
Some people have one or two drags on a joint
and feel light-headed, faint and sick. This is
sometimes called a ‘whitey’.
Cannabis may cause feelings of anxiety,
suspicion, panic and paranoia.
Cannabis - the risks
Cannabis can cause feelings of suspicion, panic and paranoia.
Inexperienced users of cannabis may experience unpleasant symptoms, like feeling like you're losing control of your thoughts, if this happens, get support.
Some people may develop emotional and mental health problems from long term use of cannabis.
Smoking cannabis can make throat, chest and long problems such as coughs or chest infections worse.
Users may experience a raised heart rate or even heart palpitations (beating fast), you may get a dry mouth and possibly red or bloodshot eyes.
After use, people often want to eat, often this is sweet, fatty foods.