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This video about cannabis is for New Zealand parents, caregivers, whānau and those working with young people to understand basic facts about cannabis use. Don't stop here, start a conversation.

Did you know, cannabis affects developing brains more than adult brains? During a person’s teenage years, their brain is developing and molding, therefore, it is best to avoid using a lot of cannabis or using it regularly for a long time. A lot of cannabis use as a teenager can increase problems from anxiety and it can also affect their memory and attention.

While cannabis is the most common illegal drug tried, it is uncommon for teenagers to use it regularly with only 3% of secondary school students saying they use it regularly. 

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About Did You Know

These tools and resources were initiated by the Counties Manukau AOD Provider Collaborative and the New Zealand Drug Foundation with support from Odyssey. Expert advice and participation from young people were used in their development. Creative by Mohawk Media and Mōca.