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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. The Legal History and Cultural Experience of Cannabis

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    The legal history of cannabis (marijuana) in Canada is a tale of ban, or prohibition of ‘the drug.’ For much of the past century, its use, for any reason, has been considered criminal under the law. Yet this is a plant that can be grown and prepared for u ...

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  6. Cannabis: A mental challenge

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    How the effects of cannabis use on mental health has been reported—and the way people look at this information—has a long and colourful history. Cannabis use goes back thousands of years. But the current pattern of use—smoked cannabis and oral preparation ...

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  7. When Help is Not at Hand

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    In British Columbia, close to 15% of children and youth suffer from a range of mental health issues: 6.5% experience anxiety and 2% suffer depression. 1 One in seven children and youth experience mental health problems serious enough to cause significant ...

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  8. Tips for Cutting Back

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    People develop patterns of cannabis use that fit their needs. As their needs change, people tend to change their patterns of use. For some this means stopping the use of cannabis completely. For others it means stopping temporarily or cutting back. ...

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  9. The Health Effects of Medical Marijuana Project (HEMMP)

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    A growing number of people with chronic illnesses use marijuana to help them cope with their symptoms. In fact, it is estimated that up to one million Canadians use marijuana for its medicinal effects. 1 There are a limited number of clinical trials suppo ...

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  10. 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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