Drugs

Cannabis

(Weed, Draw, Blow, Bush, Green, Black, Puff, Skunk, Wacky Backy etc)

Smoking weed can make everything seem like it’s in slow motion as well as making you feel really chilled. Some people believe that Cannabis is a safe drug. The truth is the effects of cannabis depends on the how strong it is and how much you smoke. Different people get different things out of smoking cannabis. Some will get the munchies and want to eat anything. Some people will get the giggles and laugh at anything. Whilst for others it gets much more serious, they can get paranoid or feel sick and dizzy.

Ask yourself is it worth it and remember that it may make any depression, anxiety or worries worse. Even worse, it can trigger existing mental illness to those people that are prone to it.

Legal Highs

(Poppers, Spice, Clockwork Orange, Bliss, Mary Jane etc)

These are substances that have similar effects to illegal drugs like cocaine or cannabis. They are sometimes called club drugs or new psychoactive substances (NPS). Many of these drugs are controlled, but some are still legal to possess. Remember though this does not mean they are safe or approved for people to use.

Legal highs can carry serious health risks. The chemicals they contain have in most cases never been used before in drugs for human consumption. This means they haven’t been tested to show they are safe. Users can never be certain what they are taking and what the effects might be.

The Law and Drugs

Illegal drugs are put into 3 different categories:

  • Class A are the most dangerous and carries the most severe penalties if you are caught. These include, cocaine and crack (a form of cocaine), ecstasy, heroin, LSD, methadone, methamphetamine (crystal meth), magic mushrooms containing ester of psilocin and any Class B drug which is injected.
  • Class B includes cannabis and also amphetamines. These include amphetamine, barbiturates, codeine and ketamine. All cathinone derivatives, including mephedrone, methylone, methedrone and MDPV were brought under control as Class B substances in 2010.
  • Class C includes anabolic steroids, minor tranquillisers, GBL and GHB, and khat.

Remember though Cannabis is illegal and if you are under 18 you may still be arrested. This means a trip to the police station. You will then either receive a Youth Caution or a Youth Conditional Caution. The latter means that you will have to regularly have to visit a young offending team, see a drug worker or may have social services involved. In all cases, with under 18’s, your parents or carers will be informed.

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Catherine
Age 14

This site give great information and support – keep it up!

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Callum
Age 13

Thanks for helping me to quit smoking

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Khaled
Age 16

So pleased I am not alone and you have help so much to help me quit