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What can I do to protect myself and those I care about?
- First, understand that if you already have unipolar depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia the weight of the evidence suggests that regular cannabis use can worsen your condition over time.
- Second, avoid regular (more than once per month) exposure to cannabis during childhood and adolescence. There is no evidence that cannabis exposure has any health or cognitive benefit for a developing human brain.
- Third, if you have a strong family history of unipolar depression, bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, you may be at increased risk to develop these disorders if you use cannabis regularly (more than once per month).
- Fourth, understand that more and regular use of cannabis increases your individual risk of developing cannabis related problems. To avoid this risk, limit use of cannabis to no more than once per month.
- Fifth, understand that higher potency cannabis is associated with more cannabis related problems.
- Sixth, understand that most people who use cannabis do not develop any cannabis-related disorder, but it is not universally “safe” and comes with risks that should be considered.