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  1. Learn About Cannabis (marijuana)

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    Cannabis is the scientific name for the hemp plant. Its leaves and flowers—often called marijuana—contain a psychoactive (mind altering) resin that can affect how we feel, think and act. It comes in various forms, including dried leaves and flowers or ‘bu ...

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  2. Marijuana Use by Youth

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    Marijuana use by youth is far from a new phenomenon. Many adults likely recall their own experiences with marijuana as teenagers; some may still use marijuana today. Because of their experiences, adults may have a tendency to brush aside the issue, or to ...

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  3. Visions- Cannabis

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    PDF | Vol. 5, No. 4 (2009) This issue of Visions examines the controversial role of cannabis in society, both on its own as a substance and in the broader context of mental health. You will read many different perspectives on cannabis use and supporting r ...

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  4. Editor's Message: Cannabis

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    After our Visions issues on alcohol and tobacco, I’d been hoping for some time to round out the trilogy with cannabis ...

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  5. What Do We Know About Cannabis?

    [Visions Article]

    “Marihuana is not an approved therapeutic product and the provision of this information should not be interpreted as an endorsement of the use of this product, or marihuana generally, by Health Canada. Since this marihuana product has not been authorized ...

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  6. Cannabis Glossary

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    These definitions are adapted from trustworthy sources. We hope they will help readers to better understand some of the special terms used in this issue. They are purposely brief and in plain language. As such, these definitions may not include all nuance ...

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  7. Cannabis Background

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    Cannabis is the scientific name for the hemp plant. The hemp plant has roots, a stalk, leaves, flowers and seeds. There are three species of the hemp plant: Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica and Cannabis ruderalis. ...

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  8. Cannabis and Psychosis

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    What is cannabis and how does it affect the brain? Cannabis is a flowering herb, originally from Asia. It has been used for thousands of years for a variety of purposes, including drug use. Cannabis is now the world’s most popular recreational drug. In BC ...

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  9. Why People Use Cannabis

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    Cannabis users are often portrayed as unmotivated, lazy “stoners.” But research into why people use cannabis paints a different picture. It shows that most people use cannabis as a rational choice to enhance their quality of life. 1-2 ...

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  10. Cannabis, Tobacco and Alcohol Use in Canada

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    When we study the harmful impact of substances in Canada, cannabis, tobacco and alcohol are often the focus. This is because many more people use these drugs than drugs like heroin and ecstasy. All substance use brings some risk of harm. The harms from su ...

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