How does cannabis affect you?

The effect of cannabis depends on the person, the type of cannabis, and how much is used. It also depends on what else you are taking. The effect can be different if you mix cannabis with alcohol or other drugs. Using cannabis causes things to happen in the body and the brain soon after you take it. The short-term effects of cannabis may include:

Happy feelings and relaxation                           Anxiety or fearful thoughts   

Sleepiness                                                         Slowed reaction times

Forgetfulness                                                     Problems with paying attention and thinking clearly

Increased appetite                                             Confused thoughts   

Increased heart rate                                           Difficulty with movement and balance

Dry mouth and throat                                 

Seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not real (psychosis)

Difficulty focusing on more than one thing (e.g., while driving a vehicle)

Why do people use cannabis?

There are many reasons why people may decide to use cannabis. These may include:

  • Recreation
    • Relaxing
    • Socializing
    • Doing spiritual ceremonies
    • Enhancing activities
  • Treating medical symptoms
  • Coping with
    • Distressing memories
    • Uncomfortable thoughts or feelings

 

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