If you or someone you know is facing challenges with cannabis, don’t hesitate to talk to a trusted adult, health practitioner, or contact Kids Help Phone for support.

Always prioritize your health and safety. Educate yourself, make informed decisions, and take care of yourself and those around you.

  • Cannabis is illegal to possess if under 19
  • It is illegal for someone to provide or sell cannabis to someone under 19

Visit CAMH and the Kids Help Phone website for guidance on safely approaching cannabis consumption.

Recognizing Addiction

Addiction is a condition where someone can’t stop using a substance or engaging in a behavior, even when it causes problems in their life. It typically involves a strong craving for the substance or activity, difficulty controlling its use, and withdrawal symptoms when not using.

Recognizing Addiction:

  • Behavioral signs include increased secrecy or neglecting responsibilities.
  • Physical signs can include changes in appetite or sudden changes in energy levels.
  • Psychological signs may involve mood swings, difficulty concentrating, or using substances to cope.
  • Social signs might include withdrawing from activities or changes in friend groups.

Cannabis and Your Mental Health

Worsening of Anxiety and Depression

Many people believe that cannabis alleviates symptoms of anxiety and depression. However, cannabis can just as often have the opposite effect, worsening feelings of anxiety and depression. Dependence on cannabis can intensify feelings of anxiety. Cannabis can affect our hormones such as, dopamine—the “feel-good” hormone which regulates memory, motivation, attention, and mood. Due to its impact on this crucial hormone, individuals may experience a reduced motivation to perform tasks they once found easy, changes in mood, and potential difficulties with attention or memory.

Family History | Psychosis and Schizophrenia
  • Psychosis: This is when someone experiences severe paranoia and can see or hear things that aren’t real. It’s usually temporary.
  • Schizophrenia: This is a more serious condition where someone has long-term psychosis. It needs ongoing treatment and can cause paranoia, hallucinations (seeing or hearing things), and problems with thinking and behavior.
  • Cannabis Use: Using cannabis heavily, especially every day, can increase the risk of developing psychosis or schizophrenia. This risk is much higher for teenagers and young adults, especially males, who have a personal or family history of mental health issues.

Links to help you

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