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What is cannabis?

Cannabis is the most commonly used illegal drug in Australia. It is made from the dried flowering heads and leaves of a plant called cannabis sativa.

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 Cannabis looks like dried herbal material and can be green or brown in colour. It is usually smoked in hand-rolled cigarettes called joints or in water pipes called bongs. Sometimes it is mixed into food, such as cakes and cookies, and eaten.

Physical effects can include

  • feel unusually well and happy
  • talk and laugh more than usual
  • have bad balance and coordination
  • feel like your senses are heightened

Effects depend on...

The effects of cannabis will depend on how much you take, how often you take it, how strong the cannabis is, how the cannabis is taken (joint, bong, food), your mood, your experience with cannabis and whether cannabis is taken with other drugs, such as alcohol, which can increase the effects of both drugs.

  • feel drowsy
  • feel hungry
  • have dry, red eyes
  • decreased sex drive
  • vomit
  • be restless
  • do or say things which you normally wouldn't

How cannabis affects your body

Tap a body part to learn more of the effects cannabis places on your body.

Psychological effects can include

  • experience change in your perception of time, sound, sight, touch and distance
  • see or hear things which are not there (hallucination)
  • feel anxious or panicky
  • depression
  • feel confused
  • feel distant or separate from reality
  • dependence (get addicted to cannabis)
  • find it hard to concentrate
  • have problems remembering things
  • decreased motivation
  • experience anxiety and paranoia
  • psychosis

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Is cannabis a problem for you?

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  • Whether you are having issues with alcohol or other drugs, are concerned about someone else’s alcohol or other drug use, or just have general questions about alcohol or other drugs, you can call ADIS any time of the day or week for support, information, counselling and referral to services in NSW.

    ADIS Web Chat is also available from Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5pm (including public holidays).

    24 hour support line

    1800 250 015

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  • The Alcohol & Drug Information Service (ADIS) Web Chat is a live online conversation with a professional counsellor. The service is free, confidential and open to anyone affected by alcohol and other drugs, including people concerned about their own use, or about a family member or friend. Web chat is only available for people living in NSW.

    The service is provided by ADIS at St Vincent's Hospital, in partnership with the NSW Ministry of Health.

    What to expect

    • A counsellor will chat with you about your alcohol or other drug concerns
    • A counsellor can provide a referral or contact information for relevant alcohol and drug services in NSW

    To start a web chat counselling session read and accept the 'Terms and Conditions of Use' below.

    Alternatively, if you would like to speak to a drug and alcohol counsellor over the phone, please call the National Alcohol and Other Drug helpline on 1800 250 015 which will direct you to your state service. The helpline is available 24/7 for anonymous and confidential support.

    Emergency Assistance

    Call Emergency Services on 000 if you:

    • require urgent medical attention or 
    • are in immediate danger or 
    • are at risk of harming yourself or someone else.

    Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5pm (including public holidays)

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  • Your Service Hub is an online directory of alcohol and other drugs support, health and welfare services. If you need support for your own or someone else's substance use, you should use terms in Find Services like:

    • drug and alcohol family support

    • drug and alcohol Aboriginal services 

    • drug counselling

    • drug and alcohol rehabilitation

    • drug and alcohol residential treatment

    along with your suburb name to narrow the search to services near you.

    Not sure what service you need? Call the Alcohol and Drug Information Service on 1800 250 015.

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