Cannabis, like alcohol and tobacco, poses a number of health risks.
You should not use cannabis if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. It poses a risk to the fetus or newborn child. Heavy cannabis use has been linked to lower birth weight. There may also be other health risks associated with cannabis use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
At any age, cannabis use affects the way the brain functions. This includes impacts on:
The brain does not stop developing until around age 25. The younger you are when you begin cannabis use and the more often and the longer you use it, the more likely that it will have a bigger impact on your brain.
You should not use cannabis if you have a predisposition or family history of psychosis or problematic substance use.
Cannabis can be addictive. Close to 1 in 3 people who use cannabis will develop a problem with their use. Close to 1 in 10 people who use cannabis will develop an addiction to it. This statistic rises to about 1 in 6 for people who started using cannabis as a teenager.
Cannabis addiction can cause serious harm to your:
If you or someone you know is struggling with a substance use disorder with cannabis or other drugs, help is available.
Interlake-Eastern RHA – Mobile Crisis Services: 204-482-5376 or toll free 1-877-499-8770
Prairie Mountain Health – Mobile Crisis Unit: 204-725-4411
Southern Health – East of Red River Mental Health
Access Crisis Response Services/Warm Call line: 204-326-9276 or 1-888-617-7715
Southern Health – West of Red River Mental Health
Access Crisis Response: 1-866-588-1697
24 Hour Crisis Line: 204-786-8686