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Hi Sam i take weed is that bad
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Hi there,

It’s really hard to say if something is always bad because that kind of decision is often made by us as individuals. The law says it is illegal, but only you can decide what you think is right and wrong.

Weed (cannabis) is one of the most well-known illegal drugs in the UK. It is popular because it contains a chemical called THC which makes you feel relaxed, happy and chilled-out. For this reason many people might take weed to feel less anxious or calmer. Although these things are generally considered to be positive, using weed can have negative effects on your mind and body, especially if you are a heavy user and take it over a long period of time.

Cannabis can cause some people to feel more anxious, panicky or paranoid. It has also been linked to long-term mental health problems. It can be mixed with all kinds of other stuff which means that you can never be entirely sure what you are putting into your body. 

Cannabis can also become addictive, and when someone is dependent on drugs it can lead to bigger problems in your life and affect relationships with family and friends. Since it is categorised as a Class B drug in the UK, cannabis is illegal to have for yourself, give away, or sell to others. You could face being cautioned, fined, or even go to jail. 

There are many stereotypes and myths about people who take drugs, but taking them does not make you a bad person. People take drugs for all sorts of reasons. What is important is that you talk to someone if you are concerned about taking weed or any kind of drug. 

You can read more about the effects of weed and other drugs on our drugs page or the Frank website. Their site provides non-judgemental advice and support for young people on drugs and substances to help you make informed choices about the risks involved in taking drugs. 

ChildLine counsellors are always here for you and will never judge you. You can call on 0800 1111, send an email or log on for a 1-2-1 chat.

Take care,
Sam

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