Cannabis | Te Whatu Ora - Te Tai Tokerau


Cannabis is the most widely used illegal drug in New Zealand. Cannabis is a depressant drug.   Depressant drugs do not necessarily make the person feel depressed, rather, they affect the central nervous system by slowing down the messages going to and from the brain to the body

There is increasing evidence to suggest that the regular or heavy use of cannabis may have a number of adverse consequences including increased risks of: mental health problems; other forms of illicit drug use; school dropout and educational under-achievement; motor vehicle collisions and injuries. Young people are thought to be particularly vulnerable to harm from cannabis.  

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