Mount Allison University supports and promotes responsible choices surrounding cannabis consumption.
We want to reduce the harms associated with cannabis use and continue to work with students, faculty, staff, and community partners to develop strategies, policies, and best practices related to harm reduction.
Cannabis will be legalized on Oct. 17, 2018. Visit www.mta.ca/codeofconduct/cannabis for updates on the University's No-Smoking Policy, the Student Code of Conduct, and the Residence Life Code of Conduct.
Harm reduction at Mount Allison
- Education campaign creating awareness of potential risks and ways to reduce harms associated with cannabis use including videos, posters, social media, games, information booths, and information sessions
- Student focus groups
- Provincial forum
- Cannabis harm reduction website
- Updated policies and code of conducts related to cannabis consumption on campus
- Cannabis working group
- Mental health/harm reduction educator
- Counselling services and supports
- Substance-use talking circle
What is cannabis?
Cannabis, or marijuana, is a product of the cannabis plant. It contains approximately 400 different chemicals. One of the main active chemicals in cannabis is THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) which affects the brain most. THC is a mind-altering chemical that gives those who use cannabis a ‘high’. Another active chemical in cannabis is CBD (cannabidiol) which is presently being researched for medical purposes.
Potential health risks
- Problems with thinking, memory, or physical co-ordination
- Impaired perceptions or hallucinations
- Fatal and non-fatal injuries, including those from motor-vehicle accidents, due to impairment
- Mental health problems and cannabis dependence
- Chronic respiratory or lung problems
- Reproductive problems
(Extracted from Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines)
Tips to reduce harm
- Take it slow
- Choose lower THC products
- Avoid smoking burnt cannabis — choose safer methods
- Plan for a sober driver
- Avoid if you have a personal or family history of mental illness, especially schizophrenia, substance use disorder, and/or if you’re pregnant
- Postpone use until later years (25 years old and up)
- Not too much, not too often
- Stay hydrated (water or juice)
- Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses — working toward changing campus culture around mental health
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) — Canada's largest mental health teaching hospitals and world-leading research centre
- Teen Mental Health — provides information about recreational cannabis use
- HeretoHelp — mental health and substance use information
- Canadian Public Health Association — report on a public health approach to cannabis
- In Control — Government of New Brunswick info on cannabis use
- Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
- Horizon Health Network — list of local addictions and mental health support
- Vitalité Health Network — local addiction services information
Our team at the Wellness Centre can also support you.
For more information, please contact, Jessica Griffin, mental health/harm reduction educator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 364-3254.