Know your rights

It is illegal to possess, use, cultivate or distribute cannabis.

Know your rights and take precautions to avoid the harmful effects of arrest,
cannabis seizure, criminal conviction and imprisonment.

If you want help to stop smoking cannabis, ring the Alcohol and Drug Information Service, 1800 422 599.

Use Cannabis Safely

  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if you feel impaired by your medical cannabis use.
  • Consuming alcohol while using cannabis may be harmful and mitigate the therapeutic effects of cannabinoids.
  • If you have a history of mental illness, there may be a possibility of precipitating a relapse.
  • If you are pregnant or could be pregnant it would be better if you do not smoke cannabis.
  • Those receiving digitalis or other cardiac medications should not use cannabis until discussing their intentions with their regular doctor.
  • Heavy cannabis use, especially with tobacco and smoking through a water pipe may lead to respiratory irritation and other non beneficial conditions.
  • Smoking anything is harmful to the lungs. If you want to keep smoking cannabis, consider using a vaporisor and do not smoke cigarettes.
  • Cannabis should be properly dried and stored so as to minimise cannabinoid degradation and to minimise decomposition, harmful moulds and fungi.
  • Try and choose organically grown cannabis wherever possible to minimise exposure to growth hormones, chemical nutrients and pesticides. This is especially important for those with compromised immune systems.

NOTE. If you intend using cannabis for medical purposes, consult your doctor first. For people who currently use cannabis for medical purposes, ensure your regular doctor is informed.

Side Effects

  • Effects vary from person to person.
  • There may be effects of cannabis which are not therapeutic but can be mitigated through awareness.
  • Cannabis may cause light headed or dizziness upon standing due to lowered blood pressure.
  • Initial increases in heart rate and/or blood pressure may be problematic for those with a heart condition or severe anxiety.
  • Cannabis may cause a decrease in co-ordination, cognition or short term memory loss while initially learning to titrate or dose.
  • Some people experience mild euphoria or feel elevated.
  • There are no significant withdrawal effects when cannabis is ceased or decreased,¬†however symptom relief will also decrease.