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Cannabis guide (detailed)

Cannabis guide (detailed)

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Cannabis: What is it? What does it do? What are the risks?
Cannabis: What is it? What does it do? What are the risks?

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Published by: Connaught Hall, University of London on Jun 01, 2009
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CANNABIS
A GUIDE TO CUTTING DOWNAND STOPPING CANNABIS USE
 
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If youÕre considering cutting down your cannabis use, this booklet can help.It has practical tips to help you manage any problems you meet in using less cannabisÐ or it can help you to quit completely.Please remember: cannabis is still an illegal drug.
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Some people use cannabis without serious problems. They seem ableto stop when they choose. Others find it hard even to cut down, nevermind stop.
Do I really have a problem with cannabis?
Some users become dependent on cannabis in a similar way to otherdrugs. Using it most days, over several months or more, can result inpsychological dependency.After smoking for an extended period, you may find you now need tosmoke more than you used to, to get the same feeling or even just tofeel OK. People using cannabis heavily often say they have problems invarious areas of their life – money worries, difficult relationships, conflictwith family and friends, struggling to manage work or study commitments,ill-health – especially chest illnesses – and mental health problems suchas depression, anxiety and schizophrenia.
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>Using more, or for longer, than you meant to>A constant desire to use, or trying to give it up and failing>Spending a lot of time getting supplies, using and recovering>Spending less time on important activities or giving them up altogether>Keeping on using, even when you know it’s harming you>Tolerance (needing more of the drug to get the same effect)>Withdrawal (unpleasant symptoms when you stop)Having one or more of these problems does not prove you are dependent. But, ifyou are concerned about any of them, you might consider reducing or stoppingyour use.
Are you saying Im dependent?
Want to find out more about your cannabis use?Go to the Know Cannabis website and do the 5-minute online self-assessmentquiz – www.knowcannabis.org.ukIt’s confidential – you don’t need to give your name or where you live.
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In general, the symptoms of dependence are:
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If you want to cut down or stop your cannabis use,take it a step at a time:
1.Think about changing2.Plan for the change you want3.Act on your decision4.Have a back-up plan
1. THINK ABOUT CHANGING
Why do you smoke cannabis? Why do you want to cut down or stop?The first step is to work out your answers to these questions.Some positive things (pros) about using cannabis might be>A sense of well-being>Having fun and socialising with friends>The feeling of relaxation>Time out>Increased creativity and enhanced senses>It’s something you share with your boyfriend, girlfriend or partner

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