Cannabis or marijuana use by teenagers and adolescents is highly associated with the onset of psychosis and schizophrenia. Cannabis goes by many names including hash, pot, grass, weed, or ganja. This gateway drug is falsely thought to be innocuous and as having no lasting effects. Cannabis use by teenagers is often not recognised as a problem. Cannabis is cheap and easily accessible in most student populations. Pune is a major hub for the cannabis drug trade. This week a quarter tonnne of ganja was found dumped in a well. Cannabis use is rampant in Pune colleges and hostels, where students assiduosly guard and maintain their 'stash'. During the 57th National School Games the highest number of students testing positive for marijuana came from Maharashtra.
How to cut down and stop cannabis use
- Write down a list of reasons for wanting to stop - you will need to review this at times when you are feeling low or experiencing craving.
- Tell someone you trust that you are quitting
- Get rid of the paraphernelia for smoking cannabis - the stash, wrappers, lighters, matches. You may be surprised at the number of places where small amounts are hidden. Get rid of it all.
- Take measures to prevent fresh procurements - avoid places and people associated with replenishments
- Make a list of things to do to occupy the time freed-up from procuring and using cannabis.
- Review your list of reasons and things to do when you feel low and when craving is intense.
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