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Cannabis is a drug that comes from the cannabis plant. Different forms of cannabis include marijuana, hashish, and hash oil. Some people who use cannabis develop cannabis use disorder. Cannabis use disorder means that a person uses cannabis even though it causes harm to themselves or others. The disorder can range from mild to severe.
You may have cannabis use disorder if two or more of the following are true. The more symptoms of this disorder you have, the more severe it may be.
Treatment may include group therapy, one or more types of counselling, and drug education. Sometimes medicines are used to help manage symptoms.
Treatment focuses on more than drug use. It helps you cope with the anger, frustration, sadness, and disappointment that often happen when a person tries to stop using drugs.
Treatment also looks at other parts of your life. For example, how are your relationships with friends and family? What's going on at school and work? Do you have health problems? What is your living situation? Treatment helps you find and manage problems.
A drug problem affects the whole family. Family counselling often is part of treatment.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: August 2, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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