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 became legalized in Canada 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)
We believe these resources will educate students, faculty, and staff on cannabis-use with a harm-reduction approach. These resources will provide students, faculty, and staff with easy access to tools that will help in making informed decisions.
The top 10 resources include:
- Cannabis infographic and video - teenmentalhealth.org
- The Blunt Truth, Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines was developed for youth by youth - LRCUG, CAMH, NYAC, CRISM - LRCUG, CAMH, NYAC, CRISM
- Cannabis: Inhaling vs Ingesting [infographic] - Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
- 7 things you need to know about cannabis extracts - Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
- Online screening tool - heretohelp.bc.ca
- Substance use workbook, you and substance use, stuff to think about and ways to make changes - heretohelp.bc.ca
- Cannabasics: Information package - Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
- Cannabis Update Newsletter - Canadian Public Health Association
- Harm Reduction Strategy for Post-Secondary Institutions - AC umbrella project
- Knowing your limits with alcohol: A practical guide assessing your drinking - Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
Our team at the Wellness Centre can also support you.
For more information, please contact, Maggie Brewer, mental health/harm reduction educator at email@example.com or 364-3254.