My friend is using cannabis - is there anything I can do?
Talking to them is a good place to start but it can be difficult to start this conversation as drugs are a sensitive subject. You could use a magazine article or TV storyline to bring up the subject. You could ask them how they are feeling in general and move the conversation on to the reasons why they might be using cannabis.
You may want to let them know about the risks of using cannabis, which you could phrase as ‘did you know that’:
• It can lead to isolation and a lack of motivation, which can result in you not taking part in your hobbies/interests (e.g. smoking cannabis may mean that you get chucked off the football team). It can affect your school work and lead to poor exam results.
• Its illegal and you risk getting in trouble with the law, which can affect your future, such as job opportunities and where you can go on holiday.
• You can become psychologically dependent
It may be helpful to ask what your friend might want to change or to achieve in their life – and explore with them if changing their cannabis use might have a role in this. If you don't feel comfortable talking to them, then perhaps encourage them to call FRANK on 0300 123 6600 or visit this site.