Cannabis – the effects
The effects of taking cannabis can vary from person.
In most cases people become relaxed and happy; some become talkative while others simply feel sick.
However, studies indicate that regular use of cannabis increases the risk of a psychotic illness at a later date.
Cannabis – the risks
- Using cannabis regularly can seriously harm your health. For example, the risks include:
- Becoming anxious, panicky, or paranoid
- Exposure to chemicals that can cause lung disease or possibly cancer, especially if you smoke a lot of cannabis for prolonged periods of time
- Increased heart rate leading to high blood pressure
- Increased risk of developing a psychotic illness
- Reduced sperm count in men and suppressed ovulation in women
- Pregnant women may give birth to a smaller baby than expected
- Impaired concentration
In addition, cannabis possession and supply are illegal so you are at risk of involvement with criminal justice services.
Advice, information and harm reduction
If you are worried about your cannabis use, West Kent Recovery Service can help.
Our services include:
- Information about cannabis and its effects
- Advice on reducing and giving up
- Information on safer usage
- How and where to get help
- Help with other problems such as housing, finding employment and training, health issues
- Information and services for carers, partners and families of individual who use cannabis
Recovery services available
- Key working
- Structured group programmes
- Counselling and psychological support
- Complementary therapies
- Assessment for rehabilitation
- Referral to aftercare services
- Self-help groups
- Keep a diary of how much cannabis you use, who you use with, and how it makes you feel
- Weigh up the pros and cons of your cannabis use
- Look at the triggers for your use
- Work out a stop or cut down date, then make firm plans to stop or cut down your use
- Make sure you are prepared for withdrawals/ cravings
- Get as much help as you can and keep attending
- Complementary therapies will help with cravings/withdrawals