Cannabis (otherwise known as marijuana, weed, pot, dope or grass) is the most widely used illegal drug in the UK. Often perceived to be socially acceptable, a government study in 2014 showed that cannabis was used by 13.5% of adults between the ages of 16 and 59 in the previous 12 months.
Research shows that more than 10% of regular cannabis users become dependent on it and the risk becomes higher if you use it every day. Your body can develop a tolerance to cannabis which means you need to take more each day to achieve the desired effect.
Negative Side Effects of Cannabis
- You may feel faint or sick
- It can make you sleepy and lethargic
- It can affect your memory
- It can make you feel confused, anxious or paranoid
- You may experience hallucinations or panic attacks
Risks of Cannabis
- People who smoke cannabis are more likely to suffer from bronchitis.
- Cannabis smoke also contains cancer causing chemicals
- If you mix tobacco with cannabis you risk getting tobacco related lung diseases such as lung cancer, COPD.
- Regular cannabis use increases the risk of developing a psychotic illness such as schizophrenia
- Cannabis may affect your fertility and regularly smoking cannabis with tobacco increases the risk of your baby being born small or premature
- You are more likely to be injured in a road traffic accident as it interferes with your ability to drive safely. Drug driving, like drink driving, is illegal