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Cannabis is not a harmless drug. There are risks associated with its use. Risks are particularly of concern for those who start using cannabis during early adolescence, as they may experience more severe health effects.

Health risks

Short-term effects include:

  • impaired memory and learning
  • impaired coordination and balance
  • effects on mood, feelings and mental health

Long-term cannabis use is associated with:

  • deficits in memory and attention
  • damage to the respiratory system
  • risk for addiction

Find more information on cannabis use, effects and risks.

Reduce the risks of cannabis

Read Canada's Lower Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines to learn how you can reduce the health risks associated with using cannabis.

Cannabis and teens

Cannabis can be dangerous to a teenager’s developing brain. HPPH can provide you with resources so that you can provide your child with accurate information about cannabis.

Also check out the following resources if you need help talking to your kids about cannabis use.

Information for healthcare providers

Stay up-to-date with information on non-medical cannabis use:

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