Cannabis and mental health
Cannabis is an illegal drug which can affect your mental health. This section is about the affects that cannabis can have on your mental health. And how to get help and support. You may also find this section useful if you care for someone who uses cannabis.
- Cannabis is known by different names such as marijuana and weed.
- Cannabis is a drug that can make you feel happy or relaxed. And anxious or paranoid.
- THC is the main chemical in cannabis which can change your mood and behaviour.
- Skunk is the most common name for stronger types of cannabis which has more THC.
- Research has found a link between cannabis and developing psychosis or schizophrenia.
- Psychosis is when you experience or believe things that other people don’t.
- Schizophrenia is the name of a mental illness. If you have schizophrenia, you can have psychosis and other symptoms.
- If cannabis is affecting your health or how you feel, you can go to see your GP.
This section covers:
- What is cannabis?
- How does cannabis work?
- How can cannabis make me feel?
- Can cannabis affect my mental health?
- What is the difference between psychosis and schizophrenia?
- Is cannabis addictive?
- How can I get help if cannabis is affecting my health?
- What about confidentiality?
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in December 2016. Next review December 2019.
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