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Can it affect you if you do it once?

Hi Sam,

             I'm in my 3rd year of high school now and it's become increasingly obvious how popular weed is. Lots of people I know go out having fun and do it aong with alcohol so I was wondering is it realy that bad if I did it one time? It's like I'm the odd one out and I don't want to be but I'm not basing this fully on bad infuence because me and my friend, who also hasn't done it are pretty interested and it's tempting when it's surrounding you.

Despite this, I only want to do what's good for me, What should I do?

Ask Sam



Sometimes people feel like they have to do the things that everyone else is doing just to fit in. You should never have to feel pressured into doing something, and a supportive friend should respect your choice.

There are always risks involved in taking any drug, and it is important for you to be aware of the possible dangers. It’s more dangerous when drugs are being mixed with alcohol.

There’s no guarantee about what could happen or how something might affect you, as drugs can affect people differently. Weed, also known as cannabis, can be addictive, making it hard to stop once you’ve started. You can learn about this by looking at the Talk to Frank page about cannabis.

It sounds like you have a good level of awareness, and it's positive that you feel able to ask these questions. You’ve said you only want to do what’s good for you, so you’re doing the right thing by researching about drugs first.

This is not something you have to cope with on your own. You can talk it through with a ChildLine counsellor anytime. You can call on 0800 1111, send an email, or log on for a 1-2-1 chat.

Take care,

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