New campaign warning against increasing cannabis strength

North Yorkshire Horizons is helping to promote a cannabis related health campaign aimed at encouraging people across the county to think again about their cannabis consumption.

The Respect THC campaign aims to help people who are concerned about the amount of cannabis they are smoking. A newly developed Respect THC campaign uses posters and social media to help people understand the issues around using cannabis and provides easy ways people can get support from the Horizons service.

Mark Vidgen, who heads the service, said: “More people who use cannabis are becoming aware of the potential problems associated with the drug. In general, cannabis sold on the street is getting stronger, with higher levels of THC; the cannabinoid compound in cannabis that effects the brain. Stronger cannabis can result in users experiencing a number of issues, including anxiety, depression and mental health issues.

He said: “We hope that by providing more information on the negative effects of cannabis, anyone in North Yorkshire who has a problem themselves or knows someone who does can speak to use about the advice and support we provide.”

The campaign will focus on issues that can affect cannabis users, using social media posts and posters distributed to relevant locations across the borough. Research has shown that regular users of high-potency cannabis carry the highest risk for psychotic disorders, compared to those who have never used cannabis.

If you live or work in North Yorkshire and are affected by cannabis misuse, telephone 01723 330 730.

You can download the campaign posters and leaflet (in pdf format) by clicking on the images below:

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