Cannabis is the most commonly used substance in Ontario, aside from alcohol and tobacco. When consumed, it causes short-term psychoactive effects, and is used for medical, non-medical and cultural purposes.
Cannabis refers to the whole plant (Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica), and the substances extracted from it. Marijuana is a term used by many to refer to the dried leaves and flowering tops of the plant.
Parents: Talking to your kids about cannabis
Youth are particularly vulnerable to the effects of cannabis due to the developing brain. 81% of youth do not use cannabis, but it is still important to talk about it with your children.
For more information on cannabis and youth:
- The effects of cannabis use during adolescence - Canadian Centre on Substance Use
- What Canadian youth think about cannabis - Canadian Centre on Substance Use
- Parents: Help your teen understand what’s fact and fiction about marijuana - Canadian Centre on Substance Use
- Cannabis talk kit: Know how to talk with your teen - Drug Free Kids Canada
- Talking pot with youth: A cannabis communication guide for youth allies - Canadian Centre on Substance Use
- Cannabis: What parents/guardians and caregivers need to know - Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
- Why prevent alcohol and other drug use? - Rethink Your Drinking
The Cannabis Act
Non-medical cannabis became legal across Canada on October 17, 2018.