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Use of Cannabis at ACU and AMCA Events

Monday August 19, 2019 at 9:18am

What is it?

Cannabis (also known as Marijuana, Weed, Dope, Pot, Grass and Blow) is the UK’s most widely used illegal drug. It comes from the Cannabis sativa plant and can be acquired in a number of forms which look very different to one another including resin, oil and the natural plant.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main active ingredient in cannabis. It works by disrupting the nervous system of the person taking it. The THC present in cannabis isn’t psychoactive in its natural state; it has to be heated to be activated.

Cannabis is an illegal substance!

It is controlled as a Class B Drug within The Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 which makes it a criminal offence for a person to possess, supply or possess with intent to supply. A person found guilty of possessing a Class B drug can receive up to 5 years in prison and an unlimited fine.

Those who supply this category of drug face a prison sentence of up to 14 years and an unlimited fine. If you are caught driving under the influence, you may receive a heavy fine, driving ban or prison sentence.

You’re more likely to be injured in a road traffic incident if you use cannabis.

Risks and Effects

Research shows strong links between cannabis use and impaired driving ability. The effects of cannabis are depressant and hallucinogenic, they vary from person to person and are often dependent on the user’s mood and expectations.

Risks of use can be physical and mental. Short term effects include short term memory loss, reduced concentration with a reduced ability to process information and perform complicated activities. Effects can remain for over 24 hrs.

A person under the influence of cannabis might experience the following:

• Disruption of short and medium term memory.

• Attentiveness problems.

• Concentration issues.

• Impaired judgement.

• Slower reaction time.

• Impaired co-ordination.

• Paranoia and hallucinations.

• Anxiety.

• Depression.

Research and trials suggest that cannabis is highly dangerous to the mental wellbeing of those who use it. It is also suggested that cannabis may also affect your fertility; sperm production in males and ovulation in females as well as baby’s brain development in pregnancy.

Is it pure?

Suppliers often cut cannabis with glass, lead or aluminium to increase the weight which increases profit margins.

Is cannabis addictive?

Cannabis can be addictive, with 10% of regular users becoming dependent. A tolerance level can be devel­oped which means more drug is required to achieve the same effect.

The message from the ACU and AMCA

Illegal drug use, including cannabis will not be tolerated in our Sport. The risk to the individual, other riders, officials and spectators is greatly increased if a competitor is under the influence of substances.

Our next article will focus on CBD Oil.

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