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


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)

Helpful resources

Our team at the Wellness Centre can also support you.

For more information, please contact, Jessica Griffin, mental health/harm reduction educator at jgriffin@mta.ca or 364-3254.