Cannabis is the most commonly used drug in the UK; many people use it in a social situation. Cannabis has both mild hallucinogenic and sedative effects, inducing a state of relaxation and drowsiness, coupled with very mild hysteria. Cannabis is commonly known as weed; it is usually ground up and smoked.

Effects of cannabis

Cannabis has different effects on different people; many people experience a complete state of relaxation, while others feel energised and some feel sick. Long term cannabis use can contribute to mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and extreme paranoia; it can also cause memory loss and in some cases may result in schizophrenia. Cannabis may also affect fertility. Cannabis can be very addictive and many people get involved in a cycle of smoking cannabis that prevents them from getting a job, having proper relationships and making the most of their lives.

Guide to Drug Abuse

Drug Abuse Intro




Drug addiction the implications





Long term effects of drug abuse

Short term effects of drug use


Spotting the signs of drug abuse

Support for people with drug dependencies