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As a depressant drug, cannabis slows down the body’s functions.

Definition: Cannabis is a depressant drug which contains the psychoactive chemical THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol).

Other nicknames for cannabis include: marijuana, pot, cones, joint, bong, grass, weed, smoke.

The list of effects on this website are not definitive or exhaustive.

The short term/immediate effects of cannabis can include:

  • feelings of relaxation or lethargy
  • being more talkative than usual
  • hunger and overeating
  • acting out of character, doing things you might not normally do or may regret
  • dry or red eyes
  • blurred vision
  • slower reactions and poor balance
  • vomiting
  • memory loss
  • varying levels of consciousness
  • unconsciousness
  • confusion
  • anxiousness or panic
  • paranoia

The long term effects of cannabis can include:

  • sore throat from smoking
  • paranoia
  • depression or anxiety
  • psychosis
  • respiratory illness such as asthma and emphysema
  • other mental health issues or mental illness
  • memory loss
  • fertility issues
  • lowered sex drive
  • increased risk of diseases such as cancer
  • dependence

Drug use can have a range of social consequences and can have impact not only on an individual, but also their relationships and their work or study. Drug use can cause financial issues, family problems and can also have legal consequences.

If you are concerned about your own or another person’s drug use we encourage you to seek professional help and assistance.

There are always risks associated with drug use. No use at all is the safest option.

Further information and support:

In an emergency or crisis situation always call triple zero (000) for police, fire and ambulance and follow instructions.

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