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Cannabis makes you feel relaxed and mellow. TRUE: Using cannabis can make you feel relaxed and mellow but other side effects include anxiety and paranoia. Cannabis comes in many different types and strengths. TRUE: Cannabis can come in the form of dried herbal material, hash oil, concentrates, hash (compressed resin), or edibles. It also comes in many different strengths depending on the percentage of cannabinoids in the cannabis. Cannabinoids are the active chemicals in cannabis such as THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). THC is responsible for the way your brain and body respond to cannabis and CBD may actually lessen the effects of THC. It is safe to drive under the influence of cannabis. FALSE: Cannabis impairs judgment and motor skills, just as alcohol and other drugs. This makes driving a vehicle (or even riding a bike) dangerous. Driving while high is just as illegal as drinking and driving. You could be charged and fined. Since cannabis will soon be legalized, you can no longer get in trouble for smoking it. FALSE: Every province will still have laws in place around cannabis use, much like the laws of alcohol. You can not drive under the influence, you can not use it in public, and you can not use it in your vehicle. Research the laws of your province before deciding to use cannabis. Cannabis is not dangerous, especially once it is legalized. FALSE: Cannabis can cause negative side effects such as anxiety and feeling ill. It can also be harmful to youth with still-developing brains. There has been evidence that it may increase the risk of anxiety and depression. You cannot have an addiction problem with cannabis. FALSE: Cannabis can lead to addiction because it affects the brain's reward system in the same way as all other drugs. Some teens can even develop a Cannabis Use Disorder. Smoking cannabis and drinking alcohol together can be dangerous. TRUE: This combination increases intoxication which can increase paranoia and impaired judgement. Never drive while under the influence of these substances. Your motor skills and balance will be greatly affected. Cannabis can lead to long-term effects. TRUE: Regular use of cannabis in youth is associated with experiencing psychotic symptoms, especially if there is a personal or family history of psychotic disorders. Cannabis use can affect mental health long term. http://www.somersetyouth.co.uk/UserFiles/Fi le/running-your-own- club/Cannabis%20Awareness%20S2%20- %20session%20plan.pdf http://health.canada.ca/en/services/health/ca mpaigns/marijuana-cannabis.html https://www.drugfreekidscanada.org/wp- content/uploads/2017/06/34-17-1850- Cannabis-Talk-Kit-EN-10.pdf https://www.drugfreekidscanada.org/drug- info/cannabis/ 30 True or False D e b u n k i n g t h e M y t h s : C a n n a b i s

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