Some youth may think cannabis is harmless…
but the opposite is true.
It’s hard to predict how cannabis will make you feel. Everyone reacts to it differently. Even if cannabis makes you feel happy, relaxed, or less nervous in the short-term, the long-term effects may be different. Regular and heavy cannabis use before age 25, when the brain is fully developed, can result in:
- negative impacts on mental health
- decreased motivation
- difficulty learning and poorer grades
Plus if you’re under 19 it’s still illegal.
Even if it seems like everyone around you is using, remember, the majority of youth DON’T use cannabis. Four out of five Ontario students report not having used cannabis in the last year.
It is safer not to use cannabis but if you choose to use learn ways to reduce some of the risks to your brain and your body.