General Article Cannabis: the facts

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Cannabis (also known as marijuana, weed, dope or grass) is the most widely used illegal drug in the UK, although its use in recent years has fallen.

The proportion of 11–15 year olds in England who had used cannabis in the last year fell from 13.3% in 2003 to 7% in 2013. The proportion of 16–59 year olds using cannabis in the last year has fallen from 10.6% in 2003–04 to 6.6% in 2013–14.

How cannabis makes you feel

The effects of cannabis vary from person to person:

  • some people may feel chilled out, relaxed and happy
  • others get the giggles or become more talkative
  • hunger pangs are common – this is sometimes known as “getting the munchies”
  • you may become more aware of your senses – colours may look more intense and music may sound better
  • it’s common to feel as though time is slowing down.

Cannabis can have other effects too:

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