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Cannabis

5 Ways to Help with Cannabis

How to Help Yourself and Others?

1. Cannabis is illegal
Remember cannabis is illegal and users face many problems if they are caught in possession, growing or supplying cannabis. The best way to avoid getting into trouble with the law is to not put yourself at risk.
 
2. Cannabis will affect your physical and mental health
If you use cannabis watch how much you’re using and how this may be affecting your physical and mental health, your financial situation, your relationships with others and the impact it may be having on your education, job and ability to follow your aspirations.  If you find the use of cannabis is affecting any of these things then it’s time to think about making some changes.
 
3. Know who your friends are
Avoid getting involved with people who maybe just interested in using you once you find yourself in a difficult situation you find impossible to get out of. Bear in mind getting cannabis on tick or for free... there is usually a reason why this is happening...
 
4. Don’t over indulge.
If you are a regular cannabis user watch how much and how often you're using. Is it causing you problems? Ask yourself could you stop if you wanted? Ask how much money you are spending or debt you are building up. Ask yourself is your cannabis use getting in the way of all the things you want to achieve in life. If it is then do something to change this...!
 
5. Know and find out about cannabis.
Have an understanding about the risks, effects and problems. If you’re a young person and need help, information advice or support concerning alcohol or issues related to alcohol then help is available from:

Engage (CRI)
Knowsley Youth Mutual

Who Else Can Help?

There are lots of local and national organisations who can offer support, advice & guidance if you need it. 

Engage (CRI) www.cri.org.uk
Are a leading charity providing treatment and support to over 60,000 people in England and Wales every day. CRI champion people who have faced hardships like abuse, homelessness and addiction, and empower them to lead the lives they want, on their terms.

Knowsley Youth Mutual www.youthmutual.co.uk
Knowsley Youth Mutual are a community benefit society that delivers targeted and preventative programmes for young people in Knowsley, to support their development and future lifes chances.
Tel: 0151 443 5323

FRANK www.talktofrank.com
Tel: 0300 123 6600

1. Money

Users, especially younger people can find that a lot or all of their money is spent on cannabis for themselves or as part of a group. If you're finding that this is an issue for you then maybe its time to think about reducing or cutting cannabis out.
 

2. Friends

Some cannabis users often use together with their friends. However sometimes these friends are not always your true friends. Criminals use drugs including cannabis to exploit vulnerable young people, once they develop debts or find themselves involved in street gangs, to carry out other favours that generally are illegal. Friends are people who care and look out for you. Being asked to mind drugs, use your home or other buildings to store or grow cannabis etc, which leave you with all the risks of being caught is not what a real friend would ask.

3. Getting into trouble

Cannabis is a Class B drug and is illegal to possess or hold on to for others. Using cannabis in school, work, or college etc can have very serious consequences both at the time and in the future when looking for employment or travelling abroad.

4. Life Chances

The fact that cannabis is an illegal drug means that a criminal record can limit your life opportunities in the future. Many jobs require a criminal records check. Drug convictions can limit your education chances. Users can find that a heavy period of cannabis use in their teens continues well into adult life and past ambitions and aspirations have passed them by due to a lack of motivation and willingness to realise their potential. Don’t let cannabis rob you of the time you have...

5. Health

Just because many people regard cannabis as a safer drug compared to other drugs such as cocaine, alcohol and ecstasy does not mean it is safe. Many users report physical and mental problems due to their use of cannabis. Addiction, psychosis and mental illness are all associated with cannabis use. Some studies suggest young people are 5 times more at risk of mental health problems than adults.

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