Cannabis (Marijuana, Hashish)
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What is cannabis?
(Source: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – CAMH)
Street names: marijuana (grass, weed, pot, dope, ganja and others), hashish (hash), hash oil (weed oil, honey oil).
Cannabis sativa, also known as the hemp plant, has been cultivated for centuries for industrial and medical use, and for its “psychoactive,” or mind-altering, effects. Marijuana, hashish and hashish oil all derive from the cannabis plant.
The Halton Cannabis Awareness Strategy Group is made up of professionals from local agencies as well as parents and youth partners. The goal of whataboutweed.org is to increase awareness, dispel myths and reduce the harms from youth marijuana use.
If you or someone you know is already using marijuana, you can find information on this site about how to reduce your risk for harm, and where to go for help.
Click here to distinguish Myth from Fact.
Marijuana/Cannabis Brochure for Youth
Information about marijuana (cannabis):
- what it can do
- effects of frequent use
- risks and staying safe
- driving under the influence
- community resources
- In 2009-2011, 10% (±2) of Halton residents and 10% (±1) of Ontario residents aged 15 and over reported using ‘cannabis only’ in the past 12 months (see Figure 1), indicating that cannabis is currently the illicit drug of choice for Halton and Ontario residents.
- In 2009-2011, the percent of Halton males aged 15 and older using only cannabis in the past 12 months was 15% (±5) compared to 8% (±3) for females (see Figure 2). These differences were not statistically significant.
- In 2009-2011, the 15-24 age group also had significantly higher rates of ‘cannabis only’ use in the past 12 months [27% (±8)] compared to the 25-44 age group [9% (±3)] and the 45-64 age group [5% (±3)]
HEDS Resources – Cannabis