Cannabis is a drug that comes from the cannabis plant. Different forms of cannabis include marijuana, hashish, and hash oil.
Using cannabis doesn't often cause health problems. But some people become dependent on it. This is called cannabis use disorder. It can cause problems like:
You may be dependent on cannabis if two or more of the following are true:
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. It helps you take control of your life so you don't have to depend on drugs.
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 call line 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: May 8, 2018
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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