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Athletes 2018-10-31T13:42:27+00:00

Why cannabis is not good for youth

You are more likely to experience harms from cannabis because your brain is still developing until around the age of 25. The earlier you start using cannabis the more harm it can do.
Starting to use cannabis as a teen and using it regularly (weekly or more frequently) and over a long time (several months or years) makes you more likely to become addicted and for it to harm your mental and physical health.
Using cannabis can affect important aspects of your thinking, like learning and memory.  Some of these harms may never fully go away even after you stop.

Short- & long-term effects

“You are more likely to experience harms from cannabis because your brain is still developing until around the age of 25. The earlier you start using cannabis, the more harm it can do.”

Source: Is cannabis safe to use? Facts for youth aged 13–17 years, Health Canada

When yes isn’t the choice for you — how and what to say

Saying no is hard. Whether it’s your friends asking or just someone in a group, it’s important to never make a choice just to impress someone or because you want to look cool.
If you find yourself in a situation where you want to pass on cannabis, here are some tips:

Use an Excuse

No time now, I’m already late for work/home/school.
I’ll catch up with you later. I’ve got something to do. (Homework, family event, doctor’s appointment.)
I’ve got a long day tomorrow, and I need to be on my game.
I can’t take a chance with my asthma/bronchitis/other health problem.
I’m not in the mood right now.

Be Direct

I’ll pass. I’m not into that stuff.
I’d rather not.
Respect my decision, and I’ll respect yours.
No, I’m good.

Be #FocusedOn what’s important

If you or your friends are still struggling with the pressure to try cannabis, it might seem easier if, instead, you stay #FocusedOn what’s more important. Things like:

Where to turn and who to talk to

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