Cannabis and other drugs such as alcohol and tobacco are psychotropic substances which, when ingested, alter mental processes such as cognition. The use of psychotropic substances takes the form of a spectrum. Movement across the spectrum is not necessarily linear; that is, a person can use substances in a variety of ways at different times in their life. It is possible to integrate measures intervention aimed at minimizing the risks and harms when the use becomes problematic. Problematic substance use refers to a way of using substances associated with psychological and economic problems
or social, or which poses risks to the health or safety of the person and those around him.
It is important to understand that the use of substances such as cannabis is not equivalent to dependence or addiction.
Cannabis and other drugs such as alcohol and tobacco are psychoactive
substances which, when taken into the body, alter mental processes such as
cognition. Psychoactive substance use falls on a spectrum. Movement along
the spectrum is not necessarily linear; that is, a person may use substances
differently at different points in their life. It is possible to introduce
interventions to minimize risks and harms when problematic use occurs.
Problematic use means use of substances in ways that are associated with
physical, psychological, economic or social problems or use pose health or
security risks to the person, and those around them.
important to recognize that use of substances such as cannabis is not the same
as being dependent or addicted. Rather, substance use can range from beneficial