The facts on cannabis

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Teens and drugs: Cannabis
Teenagers who smoke cannabis are more likely to suffer from psychosis as adults, according to a recent study. Many studies in the past have shown a link between psychosis and cannabis, but didn't show whether cannabis caused psychosis or whether people were taking it for their symptoms. However, this new research suggests that cannabis use does 'significantly' increase the risk of psychotic symptoms.

Other names for cannabis

Marijuana, draw, blow, weed, puff, hash, ganja, spliff, wacky backy.

What cannabis looks like and how it's taken

A solid, dark lump called 'resin'; leaves, stalks and seeds called 'grass' or a sticky, dark oil. Cannabis can be rolled (usually with tobacco) in a joint, smoked on its own in a pipe or eaten in food.

The effects of cannabis

Users feel relaxed and talkative. Cooking the drug then eating it makes the effects more intense. May bring on a craving for food.

The health risks of cannabis

New research shows that teens and young adults who smoke cannabis have a 'significantly' increased risk of developing pyschosis. It also impairs concentration and can leave people paranoid and lacking in motivation. Smoking joints over a long period of time can lead to respiratory disorders.

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Legal status

Cannabis is a Class B drug.

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