Teens & Cannabis

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Teens & cannabis

Cannabis has a relatively diverse range of effects. This is not entirely predictable and involves risks. Substances contained in cannabis have an effect on the psyche, so that perception changes. The effect can be more or less pleasant.

Young people try cannabis out of curiosity, among other things. Some leave it at that, others consume for a limited period of time and still others smoke regularly and sometimes more and more over time. There are many different reasons why this happens. Some find it exciting to do something forbidden. Others use cannabis for its effects or for self-medication.


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  • more on the subject
  • Advice, downloads & tools
  • Interesting facts about cannabis
  • Test your knowledge
  • Info & help
  • What parents can do

Interesting facts about cannabis

The dried inflorescences (marijuana), the resin (hashish) or, more rarely, hashish oil are consumed from the cannabis plant. In addition to smoking, it is also used as an ingredient in cakes, biscuits or tea. If cannabis is smoked (usually in the form of joints / bags - hand-rolled cigarettes), it works relatively quickly. The so-called mixed consumption (cannabis together with other drugs) is particularly dangerous because the consequences are unpredictable.

  • Use & effect.Cannabis contains substances that affect the psyche so that perception changes. It's intoxicating. This is mainly due to the THC (Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol). The effect can be more or less pleasant. Some feel more relaxed, experience sensory stimuli more intensely and have the feeling that time passes more slowly, others notice a significant increase in appetite, cheerfulness or nausea. How cannabis works is different - and depends, among other things, on the type of cannabis you consume, how much you ingest, in what form it is ingested, how high the THC concentration is, how often you smoke, in which environment you are and what your mood is, etc. Moods are reinforced by cannabis (both pleasant and bad) - if you are in a bad mood,it is accordingly worse. In high doses, delusional ideas, etc. can also occur, ie one feels, for example, being followed or observed. Cannabis use can be detected in urine, blood, saliva and hair.
  • "Means of escape". Cannabis use does not solve any problems. Cannabis, especially with long-term use, can make you sluggish and lackluster - and lead to problems not being addressed. It is better to go to a specialized advice center and talk to experts there. This can be found, for example, at www.feel-ok.at.
  • THC and CBD. A relatively new "phenomenon" is CBD (cannabidiol). In addition to the (illegal) THC mentioned above, cannabis also contains CBD, among other things. Cannabidiol is said to have anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant and anti-anxiety effects. Since only THC is recorded in the Narcotics Act, certain cannabis products that only contain CBD (pure substance) are not illegal. The exact proportion of THC and / or CBD within a cannabis product cannot be determined without further ado or only through a laboratory analysis.

More about the use and effects of cannabis can be found under Cannabis: Substance & Effects and under Cannabis use: Long-term consequences.

Note Especially during activities that require concentration - such as driving a car, operating machines, etc., cannabis consumption can have serious consequences! Therefore: hands off!

Information is also available at:

  • www.feel-ok.at
  • www.info-dealer.at
  • www.drugcom.de

Test your knowledge

If you want to test your knowledge or improve it, you will find various checks (including for young people) on cannabis under

  • www.feel-ok.at
  • www.info-dealer.at
  • www.drugcom.de

Info & help

In general, it is best not to start at all. Interesting facts about cannabis and what to look out for can be found at www.feel-ok.at. It is helpful to get information from special advice centers or hotlines (anonymously and free of charge). These can also be found on the website mentioned above.

"Quit the Shit" by the German Federal Center for Health Education offers an online program for giving up counseling.

CANreduce (Swiss Institute for Addiction and Health Research and Addiction Aid Vienna ) also offers online support in quitting or reducing.

Note What to do when someone has caught too much can also be found at www.feel-ok.at.

What parents can do

Especially during puberty people try - not just cigarettes and alcohol, but also illegal substances like cannabis. If parents suspect or it is certain that cannabis is being used, the general rule is: keep calm, but bring up the topic. The following can help: neither make the problem bigger than it is likely - nor gloss over it. Take a clear negative stance on cannabis use. Avoid accusations or interrogation-like conversations, but ask if something is unclear or no answer comes. Prepare yourself for provocative questions and try not to get confused. Remember that parents are role models (including teenagers) and your daughter / son may ask about your own alcohol or nicotine use.

It is helpful to get advice - for example from a youth or specialized drug advice center. Addresses can be found under Addiction Prevention & Coordination Offices.

Helpful brochures & folders:

  • Talk to teenagers about cannabis. (SUPRO - Maria Ebene Foundation)
  • Talk about cannabis. What Parents Should Know! (ARGE Addiction Prevention)
  • How do I protect my child from addiction? (Institute for Addiction Prevention / Upper Austria Family Association / Children's Friends Upper Austria)

You can obtain further information brochures from the addiction prevention and addiction coordination offices in the federal states.

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